Mike Maignan is the latest name to be linked with Chelsea after the goalkeeper position was exposed on many occasions throughout 2019/2020. 

Despite finishing fourth in the Premier League, securing Champions League football on the final game of the season, Chelsea had astronomical problems in defence throughout the campaign. 

Frank Lampard resorted to dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga last season. The £71million goalkeeper, a world record, had been under the spotlight after many mistakes.  

Willy Caballero had been given the nod by Lampard at the back end of the season. This included the FA Cup semi-final, and final against Arsenal. 

Since the season concluded against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, the rumour mill of goalkeepers has hit the headlines. Jan Oblak, Nick Pope and Andre Onana have been linked with a move to West London. 

Maignan, of Lille, is the latest number one to be linked with the SW6 club. The two clubs have famous history of transfer dealings in the past. The small matter of Eden Hazard made the move from Northern France to West London in 2012. 

So, who is the French goalkeeper?  

Born in French Guiana, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain to join their youth ranks in 2009. 14-years-old at the time, Maignan would fail to make an appearance for the Parisians. He did in fact play for their secondary team, PSG B. 

He moved to Lille in 2015 after not making the cut in the first team at Paris. Things started slow after he only made 11 appearances in the first two years. The 2017/2018 season was when he built up a reputation between the sticks. He played 34 times in Ligue 1; his side finished 17th under Christophe Galtier. 

The past two seasons have saw Lille finish second and fourth in the top division of French football. Making 58 outings across the two seasons, he had kept 27 clean sheets. 

His international career dates back to the under-16 level. Captaining France to the under-17 European Championship in 2012 in Slovenia, they finished top of their group conceding just two goals.  

Standing at 1.91m tall, his applaudable positional sense and tall frame covers a large area of the goal. Reading the game well allows him to come off his line quickly, closing the angle for the opposing attacker. 

More notably for the gaffer, Maignan is composed on the ball. This will attract Lampard. Distributing to the centre-backs is a huge part of the current style. This sets up the attack, it is a modern-day trait for a goalkeeper. 

Is it a good choice for Chelsea? 

After splashing the cash in this transfer window, around £86million has been spent so far on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. This is likely to change over the coming weeks with Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz on the brink of moving to Stamford Bridge. 

This could leave limited funds for Lampard. The goalkeeper position must be addressed if titles want to be challenged for. Sky Sports reported he is gettable at £27million. The 25-year-old would cost £43million less than Kepa, who could be surplus for requirements if the French goalkeeper is acquired.

Chelsea are yet to bid for the player, but the rumours continue to circulate. The players reported back for training last week, including Kepa.  As it stands, the Spaniard would start the season, if a new number one is not signed. There is always the option of sticking with the former Bilbao stopper, but, this could be a risk. Chelsea want to win everything under Lampard, a top goalkeeper is mandatory for this.