Valencia want to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga on a two-year loan deal, according to a report from The Daily Mail.
However, Kepa showed his inconsistency again last night for Chelsea, as we reported last night, so I would not be in any rush to go to one of the best betting sites in UK and put any money on this deal just yet.
Frank Lampard has had a an up and down time with his number one keeper so far this season, adding fuel to the transfer rumours.
Kepa was dropped for a few games and was replaced by veteran backup Willy Caballero earlier in the season, and Lampard isn’t sure whether he is the guy to be Chelsea’s number one for the coming years.
The report from The Mail suggests that Valencia want to take Kepa on a two year loan deal, and adding in an option to buy at the end of the two years. This is a similar deal Chelsea have done with Atletico Madrid for Alvaro Morata.
They say that Valencia want a replacement for their goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who is linked with a summer exit.
They believe that this could then spark a domino effect deal where Kepa goes to Valencia to replace Cillessen, who goes to Ajax to replace their number one Andre Onana, who goes to Chelsea.
The Cameroon international has been heavily linked with making a move to Chelsea for the last few months, and Chelsea already have a very healthy business relationship with his club – after signing Hakim Ziyech back in January.
He arrives in London next month, and Onana could well follow him if these reports are true.
It was believed that Lampard would give Kepa until at least the end of this season in order to prove his quality and keep his place in Lampard’s squad.
But once again he showed his inconsistency in a Chelsea kit last night and the Spanish international’s long term Premier League career has once again come under doubts.
Chelsea paid a club record £71 million to sign Kepa from Atletic Bilbao back in 2018, so it will come as a real surprise if they do sell or loan him out now.
But a goalkeeper is of the highest importance to any side looking to challenge at the very top, and Lampard has to feel confident in his first choice stopper.
A story to keep a close eye on.