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Chelsea: Kepa Arrizabalaga keen to battle for spot as Blues chase Rennes ‘keeper Edouard Mendy

Chelsea: Kepa Arrizabalaga keen to battle for spot as Blues chase Rennes 'keeper Edouard Mendy - Chelsea

According to an exclusive report from The Sun, polarising Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is keen to remain and Stamford Bridge and fight for his place despite the Blues chasing a plethora of ‘keepers, including Rennes’ Edouard Mendy. 

As per The Guardian, Chelsea had an initial £14.2m bid for the Ligue 1 player rejected recently, but sporting director Marina Granovskaia is reportedly keen on strengthening between the sticks and could lodge an increased offer.

However, with Arrizabalaga’s future in doubt, The Sun now claim that the Spaniard will not lie down as a result and will continue to fight for his place.

Should Chelsea replace Arrizabalaga?

Yes, need a new keeper

Yes, need a new keeper

No, give him another shot

No, give him another shot

After shipping 54 goals in the Premier League last term, more than any other team in the top 10, Chelsea have begun a full defensive rebuild with the acquisitions of Ben Chilwell and Brazil veteran Thiago Silva, but a new goalkeeper seemingly remains on the agenda.

The Sun stated that Arrizabalaga in particular was being made a ‘scapegoat’ due to the Blues’ frailty at the back, with the 25-year-old keen to prove his doubters wrong.

Having been left out of Chelsea’s FA Cup final clash a month ago and omitted for their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich a week later, Arrizabalaga appears to face a battle to get back in the squad, especially with the likes of Mendy, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Jan Oblak all being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, the £150,000-per-week ace could face competition from a new arrival if these rumours come to fruition, with now being a better time than ever to justify his £71.6m price tag.

Chelsea fans, can Arrizabalaga become a Blues hero next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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