'Part of the plan': Club now hoping to sign 27-year-old player from Chelsea 'very soon' - Romano

Italian side Napoli reportedly hope to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga “very soon”.

According to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Napoli are close to loaning out their goalkeeper Alex Meret to Serie A rivals Spezia for the upcoming 2022/23 season.

It is explained this is “part of the plan” to sign Spanish shot-stopper Kepa.

Romano says that Napoli will now continue talks for Chelsea’s 27-year-old gloveman ahead of potentially an imminent transfer.

It’s recently been claimed by journalist Simon Phillips that Kepa’s potential move to Naples is likely to be a loan with an obligation to buy.

The goalkeeper has had a turbulent few years in Chelsea colours that has seen him eventually lose his starting position to Edouard Mendy, but he’s still a young enough player to go reinvent himself in Italy.

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Napoli to sign Kepa very soon

It sounds like Kepa may be about to leave West London to go pursue regular first-team minutes with Napoli.

He impressed last season for Chelsea with eight clean sheets in 15 games across all competitions, which has started to rebuild a reputation that took a bit of a battering.

In fairness, he’s a great modern keeper when it comes to playing out from the back. He’s an agile goalkeeper in-between the sticks that is a great shot-stopper on his day, too.

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Unfortunately, his £71million transfer will go down as one of the worst signings in Chelsea’s history purely down to the size of the fee.

However, he’s still an 11-time capped Spain international that could be a raging success at Napoli if he gets his confidence back.

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