Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is being linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge and it looks like days are numbered at the club.
According to the Sun, the Blues are now ready to listen to offers from clubs that want to take the 25-year-old on loan this season.
It is claimed that Frank Lampard’s side are willing to ship the Spaniard out on loan and they are hopeful that he can recapture some form and confidence, as he’s had a nightmare year in West London.
The report adds that in the long-term Chelsea are hoping for a sale of at least £40million and know they will need him to be successful on loan to drive his price tag up.
Chelsea spent a world record fee for a goalkeeper in two years ago when they signed Kepa from Athletic Bilbao for £71million (BBC), but his stock has fallen dramatically and he could now be leaving on a temporary basis.
With the Blues completing the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on Thursday, it looks like Lampard has found himself a new number one to fill the net.
Kepa had a decent debut year in English football, but last season his game was filled with individual errors and that pattern has continued in the opening two league games of this campaign.
His confidence must be at an all-time low right now, so allowing him out on loan could be best for all parties involved and it could leave Mendy fighting alongside Willy Caballero for the goalkeeper position at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea must accept that they are going to take a considerable hit on Kepa when he eventually does move on, which is why it’s crucial they select the right loan for him when he can try improve and play regularly.