Chelsea are reportedly willing to listen to offers for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer, but they have also reportedly set a rather unrealistic asking price.
The 25-year-old is now heavily linked to a Chelsea exit this summer after Frank Lampard opted for 39 year old Willy Caballero for the important Premier League clash against Wolves.
It has not been the first time the Chelsea record signing had to sit on the sidelines as from the end of January until February, Kepa was left on the bench for six consecutive games.
But given he has not seen any significant improvement since, it’s not unreasonable to say Lampard would be ready to move on from the Spain international.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Lampard is set to recommend the club to search for a new goalkeeper and the club is willing to listen to offers to offload Kepa this summer.
However, the report also said that Chelsea would not accept any permanent deal worth less than £50million, which is frankly unrealistic in the current market.
From Chelsea’s perspective, it would make sense since they would still need to pay around £50m from the remaining of the amortisation of the £71m (around £10m per year since Kepa signed a seven-year contract) they paid for Kepa in 2018.
But clubs across the globe are struggling to meet ends after the pandemic and it’s simply unrealistic to expect any bid of that scale.
The Daily Mail also said Chelsea would also consider long-term loan deals, with a view to re-assessing the situation in the future, which would make more sense.
The report mentioned two names emerging as options to replace Kepa; Ajax’s Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope.
The club’s technical and performance advisor Petr Cech will play a key role in plans to strengthen their goalkeeping options this summer, the report added.