The race for the signature of Giorgi Mamardashvili is heating up, with Chelsea leading the way in pursuit of the Valencia goalkeeper, although they are not the only English club pursuing him – as Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also monitoring the 22-year-old’s performances closely.
Mamardashvili began his football career at the Inamo Tbilisi youth academy and subsequently joined Valencia on a six-month loan in the summer of 2021, which was later made permanent in the winter. The Georgian goalkeeper has since featured in 52 games, recording 16 clean sheets while conceding only 58 goals.
Although Mamardashvili’s contract with Valencia runs until 2027 and he has a €100 million release clause, and Chelsea knows a thing or two about paying off mega clauses for a goalkeeper from La Liga. The Blues are reportedly eyeing a new goalkeeper to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga and Édouard Mendy, both of whom have their inconsistencies this season. The future of both keepers is uncertain, and one of them could depart in the summer, opening up space for the Georgian international. Although Chelsea are blessed with numerous options beyond Kepa and Mendy in their ranks for starting with gloves on.
Coming to Tottenham, the North London club are also looking for a new goalkeeper to stand-on and eventually replace the aging Hugo Lloris, and the prospects of starting between the sticks regularly for a big six club will mean Spurs have a negotiation advantage.
It is reported that Mamardashvili’s representatives have held talks with Chelsea over a potential move, but it remains to be seen whether they can fend off the competition from Tottenham and Manchester United to secure the goalkeeper’s signature.