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EPL Transfer news: Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in search of a goalkeeper

09 Aug 2010, 20:47 IST

After the community shield match against Manchester United exposed the cracks in what was otherwise being considered a supreme Chelsea side, manager Carlo Ancelotti is on the lookout for a quality goalkeeper for Chelsea. Chelsea are in trouble because their ever so dependable goal-stopper Peter Cech is out with an injury and may miss the initial part of the season.

Chelsea however cannot afford a weak start in the premiership where they will have competitions from more quarters than ever before. With Manchester United looking deadly with the strike force of Javier Hernandez added to the talismanic Rooney, they are likely to be favorites. Arsenal have guarded their players well in the transfer season and their trio of Robin Van Persie , Arshavin and Fabregas will pose threat to the best of defenses.

Edwin Van Der Sar will turn 40 this October

Edwin Van Der Sar will turn 40 this October

Arsenal too are on the lookout for a quality keeper after they were disappointed with the services of Manuel Almunia and Fabianski. Mark Shwarzer is/was being looked upon as a solution to their problems after a successful season with Fulham. Arsenal offered Shwarzer a long term deal according to which he could take over the back room coaching after a couple of seasons.

Arsenal hopes of catching Shwarzer have suffered since the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager. Hughes has maintained that Shwarzer will stay at Fulham.

Manchester United too, are in search of a good goalkeeper to take the reigns over from Van Der Sar who will turn forty this October. If his performance in the Community Shield is anything to go by, he can play a couple of more season. But Manchester United need a replacement as age will bring along vulnerability.

Liverpool start as the weakest of the big four and have to prove themselves again this season with Roy Hodgson at the helm. Liverpool will have fierce competition from clus like Tottenham, Manchester City, Everton and Aston Villa. It will be interesting to see if we have a different big four by next season.

Liverpool are lucky to have quality guarding the goal-posts with Pepe Reina. Reina has however become a subject of interest in the transfer circles. Arsenal and Chelsea have both set their eyes on Reina. A goal-keeper of his class can fit into any side without much trouble. The transfer fee that is being offered for him is well over 25 million euros reportedly.

Goalkeepers are in demand at the best clubs. Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea!

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