Kepa Arrizabalaga’s time with Chelsea hangs in the balance after a disappointing 2019/20 season failed to win over Frank Lampard.
The Blues are looking to keep strengthening their squad ahead of what promises to be a thrilling upcoming campaign. Lampard has already welcomed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to the squad, but he is in need of better defensive options.
It seems Kepa hasn’t done enough to cement his place as Chelsea’s No.1 and Michael Brown believes he could be headed out the door.
Should Chelsea keep or sell Kepa this summer?
“There have been rumours flying around that Frank Lampard is looking to replace him with certain goalkeepers,” he told Football Insider. “If you don’t buy into what Frank Lampard wants you to do, even this early in his tenure, he’ll look to move people out.”
The Spaniard was brought to the club in 2018 by former boss Maurizio Sarri after splurging a record fee of £71million on his move from Athletic Bilbao (via BBC Sport). His historic price tag now seems extremely excessive, given his poor run in the Premier League this season.
According to Sky Sports, Kepa’s save percentage is the worst out of any other player to make a minimum of 20 appearances this term. Although Chelsea finished in the top four, the 25-year-old didn’t deliver strong enough performances in the net. He was only able to make 55 saves across all league matches this campaign and kept just eight clean sheets, less than the likes of Jordan Pickford and Ben Foster (via Premier League).
Brown has discussed the intricacy of offloading a goalkeeper, particularly one who won’t be happy playing second fiddle at his new club. The Blues must find a club willing to make Kepa their No.1 if they want to get some money back this summer. Although, it’s unlikely they will see much of their £71m paid for him two years ago, instead, they may be looking at a fee closer to his current Transfermarkt value of £28.8m.
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