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Chelsea bid for Brighton goalie Robert Sanchez

Chelsea have made an offer for Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, according to The Athletic.

Brighton are yet to respond to the offer, but discussions are reportedly ongoing. 

The 25-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract, and Chelsea are keen on securing a cut-price deal for the Spaniard.

He fell out of favour in the latter half of last season, losing his starting position to Jason Steele.

Sanchez was left out of Brighton’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States, leaving many people wondering whether he would be heading elsewhere.

Brighton fortified their goalkeeping department by acquiring Dutchman Bart Verbruggen from Anderlecht in a €19 million deal this summer.

The move signals they are open to considering offers for Sanchez.

Chelsea need to add to their goalkeeping ranks following Edouard Mendy’s move to Al-Ahlim which left Kepa Arrizabalaga the only experienced option.

The Blues introduced young goalkeepers Gabriel Slonina, Lucas Bergstrom, Eddie Beach and Jamie Cumming to the first-team squad on their US tour to assess their potential.

Sanchez’s situation in Brighton is undoubtedly complicated, and it remains unclear how it will play out.

Brighton are stern negotiators and will not let the keeper leave without adequate compensation despite him being on their transfer list.

Chelsea will know all about the difficulties of negotiating with Brighton as they are locked in talks for Moises Caicedo.

They were also forced to pay over the odds to sign Mars Cucurella – a move that is yet to pay dividends given his struggles in a Chelsea shirt.

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