Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reportedly made his mind up on the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga, and it isn’t with the Blues.
According to Football Insider, Lampard is keen to offload the Spaniard this summer and bring in a replacement ahead of the upcoming season. The reason behind the manager’s decision is his doubt in both Kepa’s ability and attitude.
The report claimed that Lampard has ‘major doubts’ over the goalkeeper’s capability to perform as a number one for a top-level club.
Should Chelsea keep or sell Kepa?
Chelsea brought the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao in 2018. The Blues paid an astonishing £71m for his services, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history (via BBC Sport). However, it seems that both the manager and fans aren’t sold on Kepa’s abilities.
The Spain international infamously refused to be substituted off during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final clash against Manchester City last season. Former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri had prepared Willy Caballero to see out the game which was heading for a penalty shootout. However, Kepa remained on the pitch and was unable to do enough between the sticks to see his side lift the trophy.
Since December, the goalkeeper’s Transfermarkt value has plummeted by £25.2m, which is a not a positive indication of what the club might receive for the sale of him this summer.
However, as this Chelsea side continues to develop, money may not be a huge factor in their mission to offload Kepa. Lampard and co may simply want to cash in fast and draw a line in the sand with a new number one between the sticks.
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