Chelsea set to open transfer bid of £50m for Kepa Arrizabalaga’
Chelsea are reportedly willing to part ways with Kepa Arrizabalaga for £50m during the summer transfer window.
Speculation has been rife surrounding the Spaniard’s future in recent weeks, with Blues manager Frank Lampard adding fuel to the fire by benching Kepa for Willy Caballero on the final day of the Premier League season.
Caballero kept a clean sheet in Chelsea’s final-day victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers as the Blues ensured Champions League qualification, and Lampard is reportedly desperate to do away with Kepa before the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
Chelsea made the Spaniard the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when they forked out £72m to sign Kepa from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, but the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea are prepared to take a financial hit to offload the shot-stopper.
The report claims that Lampard’s side will not accept any offers below £50m for Kepa, although the Blues would be open to loan deals should the interested party agree to pay a large chunk of his salary.
Lampard is supposedly heading up Chelsea’s search for a new number one, with a recent report claiming that the Blues had narrowed their shortlist down to Ajax’s Andre Onana and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
Chelsea ‘identify two-man goalkeeper shortlist to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga’
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reportedly identified two targets to replace goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.
The future of the Spanish shot-stopper was thrown into further doubt at the weekend when Lampard dropped him for the final day of the season, selecting 38-year-old Willy Caballero between the sticks instead.
Caballero is expected to also start in Saturday’s FA Cup final and Kepa could have already played his final game for the club, having saved a league-low 51.5% of the shots he has faced in the Premier League this season.
The Evening Standard reports that Chelsea will now press ahead with plans to bring in a top-level goalkeeper after securing Champions League football on the final day of the season.
Ajax’s Andre Onana and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak are at the top of their wanted list to replace Kepa, who became the most expensive keeper in history when he moved to Chelsea two years ago.
Chelsea have already agreed deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner this summer, while they have been heavily linked with moves for Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell.