Chelsea are apparently willing to relinquish the services of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcos Alonso, although their high wage demands may damage any potential sale.

Nizaar Kinsella of Goal.com suggested the Spanish duo are available for transfer from Stamford Bridge, but their exits won’t be easily achieved.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea and teammate Marcos Alonso celebrate their sides win with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

At a combined cost of £95m – Kepa £71m (BBC Sport) and Alonso £24m (Sky Sports) – Chelsea are unlikely to receive an offer that subsidises the money spent on either signing.

Goal also claims that many potential suitors may also be unenthusiastic about having to cover the wages of both players, with both Kepa and Alonso reportedly earning £150,000 and £100,000 per week respectively (Sportrac).  

This reluctance stems from the state of football’s financial sphere, which has been heavily harmed by the effects of coronavirus. Where clubs would once spend fortunes on several individuals, the current economic uncertainties have limited club’s spending power.

Frank Lampard is attempting to thin his bloated squad, with Fikayo Tomori joining the list of probable outgoings alongside Kepa and Alonso.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea signs a new 5 year contract at Stamford Bridge on December 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

AC Milan recently joined the list of possible suitors, with the 23-year-old having already been linked to Leeds United and Newcastle United since the start of January (via Sky Sports).  

Despite being so open about Tomori’s transfer, Lampard refused to take the bait when questioned on the same subject about his goalkeeping number two.

“With Kepa when he has come in, the latter Champions League game, he did well”, he said before the game against Morecambe, in which Kepa  received a rare start.

“He’s trained well, he’s trained really well and his attitude around the place has been brilliant. He’s our player. We will see how January goes, but I certainly don’t want to be alluding to what might or might not be.”

Little has been openly said about Alonso’s activities, however after making just three appearances this season and being omitted completely from the matchday squad against Morecambe, his future feels like a foregone conclusion.

Chelsea Training Session
COBHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Emerson and Marcos Alonso of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on July 10, 2020 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Alonso has been a great servant to Chelsea and I hope people don’t forget that. Yet his time at Stamford Bridge has met its conclusion, and a move would be best for the club and his career.

Kepa, on the other hand, deserves a chance to fight for his no.1 jersey after it was stripped away from him.

I’m not sure how many can afford to physically or technically take a punt on the ‘keeper, therefore it seems more straightforward for him to stay put.

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