Chelsea set price for Kepa Arrizabalaga to leave


Chelsea will listen to offers of around £50m for Kepa Arrizabalaga to leave Stamford Bridge, but will not accept any offer below that price, according to reports.

Kepa was dropped for Willy Caballero in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday in which Frank Lampard’s side claimed a spot for next season’s Champions League.

Kepa’s performance has been poor this season and struggled to live up to the £71.6m fee Chelsea paid to sign him in 2018.

The Daily Mail claim if Chelsea can recoup a hefty amount of the money they spent on the Spanish keeper, they will be willing to allow him leave this summer.

The blues are also open to a long-term deal for Kepa to give Lampard time to have a look at his options.

Lampard is expected to put forward a list of possible replacements for the Spain international, which includes Andre Onana and Nick Pope, who narrowly missed out on the Premier League Golden Glove award to Ederson.

Speaking after the Wolves game, Lampard said it would be ‘wrong’ to make a decision on the kepa’s future before their game against the Gunners, but also conceded that it has been a difficult period for the keeper.

‘I don’t want to jump forward beyond the Arsenal game next week. It would be wrong,’ he said.

‘The squad is really strong at the moment as a unit, how they are on and off the pitch. I want that to stay for at least one more week domestically, then Bayern Munich. Looking to next season after that.’

Lampard added: ‘I have long, hard thinks about everything, not just individual positions but how we are as a team.

‘The idea that we haven’t kept a clean sheet is definitely not just a reflection of the goalkeeper, but something that we have to work on as a team. How we train and maybe how we improve going forward.

‘I don’t want to pinpoint it on Kepa. [The] Kepa decision was a choice, probably in recent form and recent situation [it’s] a tough time for him.’


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