Kepa Arrizabalaga has accepted that he will never play for Chelsea again and expects to be sold this summer, according to reports.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly resigned to never playing for Chelsea again and is waiting to be sold this summer. Blues manager Frank Lampard has lost faith in the Spanish goalkeeper and is set to continue with Willy Caballero between the posts for the FA Cup final this weekend.
Kepa has endured a difficult time in west London, having become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in a £71million move from Athletic Bilbao two years ago.
The Spanish international was dropped earlier this year after a poor run of form and found himself warming the bench once more as Chelsea chased Champions League qualification on the final day of the season.
Lampard made the decision to recall veteran stopper Caballero for the crunch clash against Wolves and was rewarded as the 38-year-old kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win to secure a top-four finish.
Kepa has been widely criticised for only managing a 53 per cent save percentage in the top-flight this season, while he was just two goals away from claiming the unwanted club record of most goals conceded by a Chelsea goalkeeper in a Premier League season.
And the 25-year-old fears he has played his last game for the Blues and is supposedly resigned to his fate, according to The Sun.
Kepa expects to be left out of the showpiece matchup with Arsenal at Wembley this weekend as Lampard looks set to continue with Caballero in the sticks.
And the out-of-favor Spanish stopper is convinced he will not regain his starting berth for the second leg of the Champions League Round-of-16 tie against Bayern Munich a week later.
Chelsea are 3-0 down from the first leg so it appears likely that this will be their final game of the season, unless Lampard masterminds a minor miracle.
Kepa is therefore said to believe that he has already played his final game in a Blues shirt and is resigned to being sold this summer.
Chelsea were always unlikely to recoup all of their investment but are now believed to be willing to suffer a hefty loss in order to shift Kepa off their books.
Reports have indicated that they are willing to accept overs as low as £50million, meaning they would wave goodbye to more than £20m in order to get rid of the player.
Atletico Madrid ace Jan Oblak is the headline target for the Blues as a replacement but the Slovenian could cost as much as £110m with the Spanish outfit unwilling to sell.
Andre Onana and Nick Pope have both been touted as potentially cheaper alternatives while Chelsea have also been linked with a £55m move for Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.
The 23-year-old has spent the past two seasons on temporary deals at Bramall Lane, establishing his reputation as one of the best young English goalkeepers around.
Henderson has kept 13 clean sheets in 36 games for the Blades this term and Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is keen to have him back permanently, but the youngster wants to challenge David De Gea for a starting berth at Old Trafford next season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to tie Henderson down to a new long-term contract but still sees De Gea as his No 1 choice, so Chelsea have seen an opening and are supposedly ready to offer Henderson a £170,000-a-week deal to move to Stamford Bridge.