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.
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.
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.
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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.