Nick Pope can replace Cech at Arsenal

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Arsenal consider Nick Pope’s candidacy, Burnley goalkeeper, to replace Petr Cech, who will end his playing career after the current season.

A month ago, 36-year-old Cech, who lost the Gunners’ first number status in the course of the season, put an end to rumors about his future, announcing his decision to hang up his gloves in May.

Thus, acquiring a goalkeeper on the role of a competitor to Bernd Leno became one of the tasks for Arsenal head coach Unai Emery for the coming summer. According to The Sun, the London club turned its attention to 26-year-old Pope.

Last season, Nick made a real breakthrough in his development. Pope not only became Burnley’s main goalkeeper but was able to go with the England national team to the World Cup in Russia.

In July, Pope made a sacrifice for the sake of his club, ending his vacation ahead of schedule to help the Clarets in qualifying for the Europa League. However, Nick received a severe shoulder injury in the first match.

Since Tom Heaton was injured at the time, Burnley were forced to buy Joe Hart from Manchester City. Recently, Nick returned on the field and found out that he was only the third-choice goalkeeper in Sean Dyche’s team.

Dyche can afford himself to let Pope go with a clear conscience, having most experienced Heaton and Hart. It is expected that the amount of £10 million will be sufficient for Nick’s acquisition.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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