Chelsea Identifies Trubin as Potential Replacement for Mendy


Chelsea has been left with only Kepa Arrizabalaga as their primary goalkeeper after Edouard Mendy’s departure to Al-Ahli this summer. As a result, the club is actively searching for a suitable replacement. And one of the goalkeepers on their radar is Anatoliy Trubin from Shakhtar Donetsk. According to Fabrizio Romano on his YouTube channel.

While Chelsea does have Marcus Bettinelli and Gabriel Slonina as potential options. Romano believes the club is unlikely to opt for an in-house solution to Mendy’s exit and is in expectation to pursue an external goalkeeper in the transfer market.

Trubin, who is only 21 years old, is highly-rated and has been a regular presence for both Shakhtar Donetsk and the Ukrainian national team. He made his breakthrough to Shakhtar’s first team in 2020 and has since appeared in 94 matches across all competitions. Securing 39 clean sheets. For Ukraine, Trubin has featured in seven matches, conceding 12 goals while keeping one clean sheet.

Given his impressive performances and young age, Trubin has a bright future ahead. Which has piqued Chelsea’s interest. However, they may face competition from Inter Milan for his signature. As the Italian club is also showing interest, especially if Andre Onana leaves this summer.

Chelsea and Trubin

As of now, the asking price for Trubin remains unknown, and negotiations are ongoing between the clubs and the player’s representative. Nevertheless, Trubin’s potential and capabilities have attracted the attention of top European clubs. And it will be intriguing to see how the situation unfolds in the transfer market.

Anatoliy Trubin’s impressive performances at a young age, along with increasing interest from clubs across Europe. Indicate that acquiring his services won’t come without a significant cost. According to Romano, Chelsea intends to retain Kepa as their first-choice goalkeeper for the upcoming season but will bring in a new goalkeeper as competition for the No. 2 position. The future of Bettinelli and Slonina in the squad remains uncertain.

With Kepa making 39 appearances in the previous season and still has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge. it is unlikely that he will depart the club. Trubin, a talented and experienced shot-stopper, would not be satisfied with a bench role at a top club. If signed, he will undoubtedly be eager to compete with Kepa for a starting place.

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