Chelsea identify replacement for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Ross Houston
February 4, 2020

The Spaniard, who became the world's most expensive goalkeeper when he sealed his £71.6m switch to Stamford Bridge in 2018, has struggled this season and was recently dropped in favour of Willy Caballero.

It was a bold call and according to the Mirror, Lampard is set to face pushback from the club's hierarchy in a big to cash in on the 25-year-old this summer.

It is believed that Lampard has seen enough of Arrizabalaga and wants to replace him with either Burnley's Nick Pope or Vicente Guaita of Crystal Palace.

The Blues have entered their winter break, with a well-earned rest being taken in before returning to Premier League action with a home date against Manchester United on February 17.

However, the report further stated that Chelsea's top-tier management is reluctant to sell Kepa, largely because of the fear that they will have to bear a huge financial loss as no club will be ready to pay anywhere near the £72 million which Chelsea paid for the Spain worldwide just over 18 months ago.

Blues director Marina Granovskaia played a key role in bringing the Spain global to the club from Athletic Bilbao and she is unlikely to consider the prospect of making a loss on the player so soon after his arrival.

"To hold any type of record at a super club like Chelsea is something I'll always be proud of and it's incredibly special to me". Nobody. I think people were saying: "Maybe if you're in the top eight we understand, top 10 maybe we understand".

"I'm confident they can still do it".

"I'm surprised but just really proud of it - I'd love for it to stay there forever", he added. It was very honest, the message from him'.

After a first season with Maurizio Sarri in which he had irregular moments, but was not so out of tune as he is this current campaign, the first campaign under Frank Lampard is proving a disaster.

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