Kepa Arrizabalaga could be the last player to leave Chelsea on loan this summer, transfer expert claims fabrice romano.
Chelsea have made two major additions to their squad ahead of the 2022-23 season. They signed Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly from Manchester City and Napoli, respectively, for around £85m.
Meanwhile, the Blues have seen key centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave on free transfers this summer. They also allowed Romelu Lukaku to join Inter Milan on loan ahead of the new campaign.
It looks like more players are in line to leave Stamford Bridge on a temporary deal this summer. RB Leipzig and other clubs are in talks to sign German international Timo Werner on loan, according to Romano.
The transfer expert also revealed that Arrizabalaga could follow in Lukaku’s footsteps by moving to Italy. He went on to reveal that Napoli are making progress in their talks to sign the goalkeeper. Romano wrote on Twitter:
“Not just Timo Werner, in talks with Leipzig and other clubs. Kepa could be the next player to leave Chelsea on loan this summer. Talks are progressing well between Napoli and Chelsea for Kepa, he is the main target to replace Ospina. Work in progress .”
Napoli have reportedly identified Arrizabalaga as the ideal replacement for David Ospina as their first-choice goalkeeper. The Colombian joined Saudi club Al-Nassr on a free transfer this summer.
How has Kepa Arrizabalaga fared for Chelsea?
Chelsea made Kepa Arrizabalaga the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him in 2018. They paid a sum of around £72m to buy him from Athletic Bilbao this summer- the.
However, the move didn’t go as planned for the player and the club. Arrizabalaga’s struggles in goal saw the London giants bring in Edouard Mendy from Stade Rennes in 2020.
The 27-year-old thus found himself behind the Senegalese international in the pecking order. He has amassed just 360 minutes of Premier League action under Thomas Tuchel in the 2021-22 season.
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, Arrizabalaga will want to secure regular playing time. A move on loan to Serie A club Napoli therefore makes sense for the Spain international.
Arrizabalaga’s departure would leave Tuchel’s side with Mendy and Marcus Bettinelli as goalkeeper options. It remains to be seen if they will bring in a new stopper to add depth to the area.