Chelsea’s £72m flop Kepa Arrizabalaga ‘WILL leave on loan this summer’ after boss Frank Lampard finally managed to replace his calamity keeper with £22m new man Edouard Mendy… and a return to LaLiga is the most likely outcome for ex-Bilbao stopper
- Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to leave Chelsea on loan before the transfer deadline
- Frank Lampard has replaced his error-prone keeper with Edouard Mendy
- 28-year-old signed five-year deal with Blues after joining from Rennes for £22m
- Chelsea hope Kepa can hit form on loan to facilitate permanent exit next summer
Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan after replacing him with Edouard Mendy.
Frank Lampard made signing a new keeper one of his priorities this summer and finally completed a £22million deal for Mendy on Thursday.
Kepa has endured a torrid time over the past 18 months, making a number of high-profile mistakes, and once again was in the spotlight after a costly error led to Sadio Mane scoring in their defeat against Liverpool last weekend.
Chelsea want to try and loan out Kepa Arrizabalaga before this summer’s transfer deadline
Eduoard Mendy has been bought in as Kepa’s replacement after signing for £22m from Rennes
Lampard is said to have lost patience with the Spaniard and according to The Sun has given his approval for the club to send Kepa out on loan despite Chelsea insisting they are yet to make a decision on his future.
The 25-year-old has struggled to live up to the world-record £72m fee Chelsea paid to sign him from Athletic Bilbao back in 2018.
Despite starting the season as Chelsea’s No 1, Kepa has already come under intense criticism having been at fault for Brighton’s goal in their opening-day 3-1 victory at the Amex and making another blunder against Liverpool.
Pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have both said that Chelsea have ‘no chance of winning the Premier League with Kepa in goal’ but Lampard has finally resolved the situation by signing Mendy from Rennes.
Frank Lampard has given his assent to the club’s plans to put Kepa on the loan list
Mendy will become Chelsea’s new No 1 after penning a five-year contract with the club
Former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech played a key role in identifying the 28-year-old as a target to take the No 1 spot from Kepa.
Speaking after signing a five-year contract with Chelsea, Mendy said: ‘I am so excited to be joining Chelsea.
‘It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad. I can’t wait to get started.’
Mendy’s arrival effectively spells the end of Kepa’s time at Chelsea with the club now prepared to listen to offers for him.
The writing was on the wall for Kepa after he made another error in Sunday’s loss to Liverpool
Chelsea’s hierarchy are hopeful that Kepa can rediscover his best form to give them a better chance of recouping much of the £72m they signed him for next summer.
It is not yet clear what clubs Kepa could sign for though a return to LaLiga is likely to be an option. Valencia and Sevilla were two clubs linked with him earlier this summer but were put off by Chelsea’s valuation.
Now that they are keen to loan him out, Kepa has suddenly become a realistic target for any potentially interested parties.
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