Chelsea rival Newcastle United in Giorgi Mamardashvili chase

Chelsea will reportedly compete with Newcastle United for Giorgi Mamardashvili, who has a release clause worth €100 million in his Valencia contract.

According to a report by Graeme Bailey on HITC, Giorgi Mamardashvili is the subject of interest from Chelsea. The Blues have joined Newcastle United in the race to sign the 23-year-old goalkeeper in the summer transfer window. Meanwhile, Mamardashvili has a release clause worth €100 million in his contract with Valencia.

How has Giorgi Mamardashvili fared at Valencia?

Giorgi Mamardashvili has been one of the best goalkeepers in La Liga since joining Valencia. Arriving from his homeland, the Georgian international took some time to get going but has been a mainstay between the sticks for Los Che for a long time.

A shining light for Valencia amid the never-ending struggle to compete in Europe again, the 23-year-old has turned out nearly 100 times thus far for Los Che, keeping 31 clean sheets and conceding 110 goals. However, Mamardashvili’s long-term future at the Mestalla is uncertain due to the Spanish club’s financial issues.

Valencia will likely cash in on Mamardashvili in the summer transfer window to balance the books and fund moves for summer signings. His release clause of €100 million makes things easier for Valencia, although they will demand a price considerably lower than the sum to sell him. Meanwhile, he does not have a shortage of suitors, with Chelsea and Newcastle United keen on signing him.

Premier League move on the horizon?

Newcastle United’s interest in Giorgi Mamardashvili is understandable. While Nick Pope will return from his long-term shoulder injury next season, Eddie Howe wants another top-class shot-stopper in his squad. The Valencia goalkeeper has thus emerged as a viable target, with Newcastle United reportedly leading the race to sign him.

As for Chelsea, Robert Sanchez has not made his mark since arriving from Brighton & Hove Albion last summer. While Djordje Petrovic has been decent, he will likely be a backup option next season. So, several goalkeepers, including Emiliano Martinez, have emerged on Chelsea’s radar. However, Mamardashvili is also a viable target for the West London club.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Newcastle United face stiff competition from several European bigwigs, with Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Napoli, and Paris Saint-Germain also keen on signing him. So, it will be interesting to see where the €100 million-rated goalkeeper lands in the summer transfer window.

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