Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is prepared to take a pay cut to secure a loan move in January.
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has been supplanted at Stamford Bridge by the arrival of Édouard Mendy from Rennes, and his stock has plummeted after a series of high=profile mistakes.
As a result, he has now also dropped down the pecking order for the Spanish national team and is behind both David de Gea,
Kepa wants to force his way back into contention for next summer’s Euros, but has been warned by his national team manager Luis Enrique that he will only be in contention if he is playing regularly.
Chelsea would not eb averse to selling him permanently but recognise that finding any willing buyers is a tall order. Instead a loan spell would benefit both the player and the club – if he does find some form elsewhere, it will boost his valuation ahead of a potential departure in the future.
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.