Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to offer Chelsea a swap deal to sweeten a permanent agreement for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. He joined the La-Liga giants on loan this summer but has made clear that he wants stay at the Bernabeu.
Chelsea were keen for the Spaniard to stay ahead of the 2023-24 season but he insisted on seeking a new challenge. Madrid beat European rivals Bayern Munich last minute to a big-money temporary deal.
The 29-year-old has shone in the absence of the injured shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois. Coincidentally, Courtois was also snapped up from Stamford Bridge in 2018. Los Blancos have lost just once with Kepa in goal and want to make his deal permanent.
The swap deal
Chelsea paid £72 million to sign the goalkeeper from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, incidentally to replace Courtois. However, it is claimed that Madrid are only willing to spend £17.5 million.
According to the Sun, the Spanish giants will offer reserve goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to Chelsea in an attempt to sweeten the transfer. Lunin will become the third-choice at Madrid when Courtois returns from injury next summer.
Kepa is keen to stay in the Spanish capital beyond this season. He is reportedly prepared to face a battle for the number one shirt with Courtois.
What Kepa said
Speaking in September, Kepa said, “It’s true that Pochettino wanted me to stay and he told me that I was going to play, that he trusted me. But I thought a change would be good for me. I wanted a change.
“Thomas Tuchel [Bayern Munich manager] called me. We were close to going to Munich. I felt it was time for a change of scenery. I wanted to stay but I felt that the project was not the right one.
“When Madrid calls you, everything changes. My signing was closed in just a few hours and a couple of calls. My intention is to stay for more than a year.”
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