Chelsea will have to pay Kepa a huge sum to sit on the bench as no one wants him on loan

Chelsea regret the £ 71million they paid to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga two years ago.

The 25-year-old made a series of mistakes during his time at the club that apparently cost him his spot as No.1 goalkeeper.

Edouard Mendy was brought in from Rennes last week and impressed Frank Lampard on his EFL Cup debut against Tottenham.

“I thought he was very good,” Lampard said after Mendy’s performance, according to the Daily mail.

“Very, very satisfied with every part of his game, really.”

Kepa made mistakes against Brighton and Liverpool and now faces a long period of time on the bench.

The Spaniard’s setbacks made things difficult for the Blues, who are struggling to get rid of the goalkeeper.

According to The sun, director Marina Granovskaia refuses to take a major financial blow out of the £ 71million Chelsea paid to Athletic Bilbao for Kepa in 2018.

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Chelsea have set the asking price of Kepa at around £ 60million, but have been unable to find a club willing to shell out so much for the ‘keeper’.

This has left the Blues looking for a loan for Kepa, but they are not even in a position to do so.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit European football hard and clubs are unwilling to pay Kepa’s £ 150,000 a week salary to sign him on loan.

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The Sun note that the only way Chelsea can offload Kepa before the transfer window closes on Monday is to agree to pay at least half of his salary.

But even then, interest in the cork is not high. So it seems likely that Chelsea will be stuck with Kepa and have to pay £ 5million in wages just to be a replacement this season.

It turns into a costly disaster for the London side.


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