Chelsea are set to send goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga out on loan.
Frank Lampard’s side finally ended their long search for a new keeper by completing the signing of Senegalese international Édouard Mendy from Rennes in a £22 million deal on Thursday.
And that spells bad news for the immediate future of Kepa, a club record signing from Athletic Bilbao two years ago, whose indifferent form ended-up costing him his first team place last campaign.
Restored to the starting line-up, this season has gone no better either for the 25-year old. He was at fault for the Brighton goal in Chelsea’s first league game of the new season, and last week gifted Sadio Mané, his and Liverpool’s second.
Ultimately Chelsea would like to sell him, but they realise that, at the moment, his stock is so low, that they can only hope to get back a fraction of what they paid for him. A successful loan spell could help Kepa recover some of that value.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.