Chelsea ponder move for new keeper even if Kepa stays at club
Chelsea will consider signing a new goalkeeper even if Kepa Arrizabalaga does not leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Frank Lampard’s decision to stick with his FA Cup goalkeeper, Willy Caballero, for the semi-final victory over Manchester United underlined that Kepa is yet to fully win over Chelsea’s head coach. Kepa has suffered a difficult season in which he lost his Premier League place to Caballero for a time and has faced questions over a number of goals Chelsea have conceded.
Lampard has offered Kepa no guarantees over his future past this season, although it would be hard for Chelsea to sell him for anywhere near what they would want given he joined for a £71.6million fee – a world record for a goalkeeper.
Long-term loan moves to Valencia and Sevilla have been suggested in Spain, along with Chelsea potentially offering Kepa as part of bids for other keepers, such as Jan Oblak or Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
But with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona unlikely to want to do business on Oblak or Ter Stegen and Chelsea facing the prospect of having to subsidise Kepa’s wages to send him on loan, they are considering another scenario. If Kepa stays, Chelsea will examine if a new keeper could be brought in to put more pressure on him.
While Lampard and director Marina Granovskaia will have the final say on all transfers, identifying a new keeper is likely to fall on the shoulders of technical and performance director Petr Cech and Christophe Lollichon, who is part of the scouting department.