La Liga giants given green light to sign €35m-rated Chelsea shot-stopper
The London giants could reportedly have a crucial decision to make this summer as Valencia are said to be interested in shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Spain international has continued to play a vital role for Chelsea this campaign, playing 33 games across all tournaments.
Veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero stepped in for a string of matches including four Premier League games and a UCL clash with Bavarians, and that unsurprisingly raised doubts over Kepa’s future at Chelsea.
To his credit, Arrizabalaga bounced back by producing back-to-back fantastic displays after getting his place in the line-up back, and so that show of character and quality indeed would have reflected well on him. However, after a dip in shape, as he’s kept only eight clean sheets in those outings, coach Frank Lampard opted to drop him in February.
Blues broke their club transfer record to sign the 25-year-old in 2018 as Kepa joined for £71m from Athletic Bilbao to help fill the void left behind by Thibaut Courtois. With that in mind, they’ll surely want to recoup as much of that outlay as possible, while it’s a big decision to cut their big-money addition after only two years.
In turn, much will depend on Frank Lampard’s plans moving forward and if the Spanish goalkeeper is still the correct man for the job. If he’s not, then La Liga giants could be alerted by the situation and Blues will have a big decision on whether or not to greenlight an exit and move in a new direction.