Chelsea will let go of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea had to pay a great deal of cash to land the signature of Kepa Arrizabalaga. So much that he was signed for the highest transfer fee paid for a goalkeeper; around 75 million euros. Although they had to pay the amount to trigger his release clause, it still seemed like a certain gamble. Although so much has changed since then that Chelsea are now looking to sell him for a substantial amount.
Kepa has not been nearly as good as his predecessor, Thibaut Courtois, and it is safe to say that he has not justified his price tag at all. Manager Frank Lampard even took the step of omitting him from the squad that faced Sevilla in the Champions League group stage game. Chelsea don’t look like they miss his services either; as they cement their place at the top of Group E in order to give them the best chance in the last 16.
Lampard’s latest snub of Kepa also highlights his faith in new guard Edouard Mendy. The £22million signing from Rennes has made a remarkable start to life in west London- has already broken several records set by former goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Mendy has been a breath of fresh air for the Blues; and his reliability between the sticks has been clear of panic Kepa gives to the backline. Alongside new signings Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, they have managed to do a defensive turnaround.
Reports from ESPN are that Chelsea are likely to entertain offers for the Spaniard in January, should they arrive. However, Chelsea are looking to recoup closer to 50 million euros after paying a world-record fee in 2018. They may alter their demands accordingly, now that Lampard has shown there is unlikely to be a way back for him at Chelsea.
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