Report: Chelsea forced to take pragmatic stance over Kepa Arrizabalaga
Chelsea have reportedly adopted a pragmatic approach regarding Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future as they struggle to find potential buyers.
The 25-year-old has arguably been the weakest link in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team this season.
The data from FBref showed that Kepa has had the worst save percentage (57.7%) among 20 first-choice goalkeepers in Premier League this season.
The Spain international even spent a six-game spell on the sidelines, before his heroic consecutive clean-sheets in Chelsea’s last two games against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Everton in the Premier League.
It sparked speculations regarding his potential Chelsea exit this summer but, according to a report from The Athletic, Chelsea were never in a viable position to offload the shot-stopper.
The report claimed Kepa’s price tag deters potential buyers, even though Chelsea are willing to make a significant loss to the £71.5million they paid to Athletic Bilbao in 2018 for the goalkeeper.
There are only a few clubs who are in the market for first-choice goalkeepers at the moment and the current financial situation has been another obstacle in finding interested parties.
The report suggested that Chelsea will have to wait and hope for an improvement in Kepa’s performances.
The west London outfit went all-out when they offered Kepa a seven-year deal (until 2025) in 2018 and, according to Spotrac, Kepa is the joint-highest earner at the club alongside N’Golo Kante on £150,000-a-week.