Report: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is being watched by Athletic Bilbao
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly being monitored by his former club Athletic Bilbao.
According to the Sun, the Spanish top-flight side are watching his situation at Stamford Bridge right now with intrigue.
The 25-year-old was axed from the starting XI at the weekend for the draw away to Leicester City in the Premier League and has come under-fire heavily from supporters for his performances this year during his second season with the club.
It is understood that Bilbao may be ready to make an offer in the summer for him if his position with the Blues doesn’t improve.
But the report does detail that his current £170,000-a-week colossal wages would be a potential stumbling block.
Kepa enjoyed a strong first campaign with Chelsea last year, following his £71million (BBC) arrival from La Liga club Bilbao in the 2018 summer transfer window to make him the world’s all-time most expensive goalkeeper.
But the Spain international has been unable to back that up so far this campaign and has looked a liability at times under manager Frank Lampard.
There are serious question marks over him when it comes to his shot-stopping and he does lack a commanding presence in the penalty area.
Willy Caballero, 38, is the experienced Chelsea teammate that took the gloves against Leicester and it will be intriguing to see how long he gets in the side.
Kepa has temporarily lost his number one role for the meantime by the looks of it and he has to try find some form in the second half of the season to win back his doubters.