Chelsea boss Frank Lampard may finally get his wish in signing a new No 1 in the shape of Edouard Mendy, but it could well come at a huge cost for the club. Kepa Arrizabalaga arrived at Chelsea for a record £72million back in 2018 with huge pressure on his shoulders.
The Spaniard has struggled to live up to his hefty price-tag though and Lampard’s made it clear that he doesn’t trust him.
Following a string of errors back in January, the 25-year-old was unceremoniously dropped for a five-game stretch.
Veteran shot-stopper Willy Caballero was also trusted to play between the sticks for the crucial final game of the season against Wolves.
Since that 2-0 win, which helped ensure Champions League qualification for the upcoming season, Chelsea have been the busiest club in the transfer window.
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Lampard’s been backed by the club owners to completely transfer his side.
Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz have all joined Chelsea’s revolution, given Lampard an array of options across the pitch.
Chelsea are expected to let a number of players leave in the final few weeks of the transfer window to help trim down their squad.
But they’re not done with incomings with Mendy expected to be the seventh signing of the summer.
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An initial fee of £18.2million has been agreed with Rennes, potentially rising to £25m with add-ons.
His imminent arrival will spell bad news for Kepa though with Mendy likely coming straight in as the club’s first choice.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past few years having struggled to play regular first-team football in the early stages of his career.
He impressed in his one and only season at Rennes, keeping nine clean sheets and an impressive 78 per cent save percentage.
All signs suggest Chelsea will be signing a top-class goalkeeper to replace Kepa but that could prove costly for the club in the long run.
Chelsea have indicated they’re not going to try and sell Kepa this summer, partly due to a lack of interest.
But they’re almost certainly going to take a huge hit on the £72m they spent on him two years ago.
His price tag may only decrease if he plays even less this upcoming season, with Kepa likely to push for a move away from Stamford Bridge if that happens.
At 25 years old, Kepa is still a young goalkeeper with great potential, but signing Mendy proves Chelsea aren’t willing to wait around to see the Spain international realise his full capabilities.
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