Danny Mills has urged Chelsea to sign Nick Pope if they want to challenge for the league title next season with Kepa Arrizabalaga seemingly frozen out by Frank Lampard.

The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted it is premature to claim that the 28-year-old does not have good enough distribution to succeed at an elite club.

The Daily Star report that Lampard sees Nick Pope as the best candidate for the number one jersey at Stamford Bridge but they may need to offer Burnley around £50m for his services.

The England international kept an impressive 15 clean sheets for Sean Dyche’s side last season to help them to a tenth-place finish.

Mills claimed that the Blues find themselves in a similar situation to when Liverpool bought Alisson in July 2018.

“I think Pope is ready to be a goalkeeper at an elite club,” he told Football Insider.

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“There will always be people that question his distribution but hang on a minute, he has never been asked to play that way so we do not know if it is a massive issue or not. I do not buy into that. He can certainly adapt.

“Chelsea are not buying Nick Pope for the future, they are buying Nick Pope for now. If they want to go and challenge next season they need a keeper now.

“That is what Liverpool did with Alisson. They did not wait for some kid, they addressed the situation.”

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