REPORT: Chelsea In Talks To Sign Highly-Rated Goalkeeper

REPORT: Chelsea In Talks To Sign Highly-Rated Goalkeeper

Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign England and Aston Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton on a free transfer after she rejected a new deal with the Villans, according to an article from BBC Sport.

While discussions are believed to have been held between Chelsea and Hampton, nothing has been finalised as of yet – as things stand, she is still an Aston Villa player.

A brilliant shot-stopper, Hampton is one of the WSL’s most talented young goalkeepers at this point in time. However, if she opts to make the jump to Emma Hayes’ team, she will face plenty of competition from ‘keepers who are already signed to the club.

Will Hannah Hampton be a good signing for Chelsea?

Currently, Chelsea already have four goalkeepers under contract at the club – Ann-Katrin Berger, Zecira Musovic, Emily Orman and Nicky Evrard. As such, Hampton will need to impress strongly and consistently in order to stand out from amongst her peers. She has played alongside Berger in the past, when they were both at Birmingham City.

Despite this, Hampton is only 22 years of age. She has plenty of time to develop and grow as a player – as such, the Blues may be looking towards the future with this signing.

Moreover, Hampton is also incredibly impressive for her age. She already has 85 senior appearances to her name, between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

Who is Hannah Hampton?

Born in Birmingham in 2000, Hampton joined the youth academy of Villareal at the age of just five. Initially, she played as a forward, before gradually adapting to her natural position of goalkeeper.

After a six-year stint in Stoke City’s academy from 2010 to 2016, Hampton made the jump to Birmingham. She made her senior team debut for the Blues in 2017, where she played in a League Cup encounter against Doncaster Rovers Belles.

After four years with Birmingham, during which she made 35 appearances, Hampton signed for local rivals Aston Villa on a free transfer.

Hampton also has a pair of England caps to her name – she was an unused substitute in the 2022 Euros and will be part of the England squad in the 2023 World Cup.