Report: 'Fantastic' Chelsea 27-year-old wanted on loan by French club

Report: Chelsea's 'fantastic' 27-year-old now also wanted on loan by French club

Top-flight French club Nice are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer on loan.

According to Foot Mercato, the Ligue 1 side have set their sights on Chelsea’s second-choice keeper.

The report explains Nice are in the market during this window for a new shot-stopper, so would like to sign 27-year-old Spaniard Kepa on a loan basis.

He’s not the only Blues player linked with a potential exit from Stamford Bridge on loan, with teammate Romelu Lukaku wanted by Inter Milan on a temporary basis. In fact, it’s been reported Inter have now agreed a loan deal for the 29-year-old Chelsea striker.

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Nice interested in Kepa

Kepa, who kept eight clean sheets in 15 Chelsea appearances last season, is the back-up goalkeeper at the Bridge to impressive teammate Edouard Mendy.

It’s no surprise to hear the gloveman linked with a potential summer move in pursuit of more football. Incidentally, Lazio reportedly view him as a “dream signing” in-between the sticks.

Described as “fantastic” recently by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, Kepa has managed to get his career back on track after a huge drop off in form.

The next step for him is to get back into the role of a first-choice goalkeeper, something which seems pretty impossible at Chelsea while Mendy is around.

It’s going to be very difficult for him to shake off the tag of a flop after his £711.6million transfer to the Blues didn’t work out. However, he’s still a talented young keeper that can be a success elsewhere at other top sides.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.