Real Madrid could be set to make a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to the TEAMtalk. The 24-year-old has had a steady first season in the Blues goal since becoming the world’s most expensive stopper last summer following his £72million switch from Athletic Bilbao.
However, the Spaniard’s future at Stamford Bridge has become uncertain after he infamously refused to be substituted in the League Cup final defeat to Manchester City in February a move which publicly humiliated boss Maurizio Sarri. Now it’s reported that Los Blancos could offer the player a fresh start back in his homeland by launching a £50million bid.
And with Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s Nick Pope available in the summer, the London club, who will firstly have to fight off a transfer ban, are considering selling Kepa. Real signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last summer but it’s thought that Zinedine Zidane, who was reappointed manager in March, wants to bring in a new number 1.
Courtois played 154 times for Chelsea but his performances have come in for criticism since penning a six-year deal at the Bernabeu in August 2018.
Real have long been linked with a move for Manchester United stopper David de Gea, but it appears that deal is too complicated to be done. De Gea is asking for significantly improved wages of £350,000-a-week at Old Trafford, which the club are stalling on, despite his contract expiring next year.
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pounce and sign the Spaniard, but Real appear to have distanced themselves from a bid for the 28-year-old.
Longtime Real Madrid transfer target Eden Hazard is the main player we can bet on to join Los Blancos this summer, however, Chelsea are holding out for £100m despite Hazard having just over a year left on his contract. The situation is made complicated by Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban, which will come into effect this summer, with the Blues’ appeal to be heard on Thursday.