Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal with Brighton to sign goalkeeper Robert Sanchez for £25m ($31.68).
According to The Athletic, the Blues have already agreed to terms with the Seagulls and the Spanish keeper will now undergo a medical. With the departure of Edouard Mendy to Al Ahli, Chelsea are keen to bolster their goalkeeping department. Sanchez’s arrival will provide competition for the current No. 1 goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Brighton have already signed Dutchman Bart Verbruggen from Anderlecht to strengthen their goalkeeping department in the summer. Meanwhile, Sanchez had dropped down the pecking order at Brighton since March, after Robert de Zerbi started preferring Jason Steele between the sticks. The move to Stamford Bridge should therefore lend him a new lease of life.The transfer was initially touted to be a one-year loan deal. Nonetheless, it will be a permanent move now, which will also see Sanchez rejoin former Brighton goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts at Cobham.Sanchez will look to displace Arrizabalaga from the No. 1 spot after impressing the Chelsea staff in training. Chelsea kick off their new Premier League campaign against Liverpool on August 13.