Italian facet Lazio is trying to signal a brand new goalkeeper and has turned their consideration to Chelsea back-up Kepa Arrizabalaga.
That’s in line with a current report from The Athletic, who claims the Serie A facet want to add Arrizabalaga to their squad however are struggling to afford his sky-high wages.
Arrizabalaga, 27, joined the Blues in 2018 following a blockbuster £72m transfer from Spanish facet Sevilla.
Nevertheless, regardless of arriving in London as the game’s most costly shot-stopper, the 27-year-old has endured a dreadful spell.
A collection of poor performances and particular person errors noticed Chelsea compelled to herald one other goalkeeper within the type of Edouard Mendy, who joined in 2020 from French facet Stade Rennes.
Following what has been a vastly profitable 18-months for Mendy, the African’s shows have now seen Arrizabalaga resign to nothing greater than a backup function below supervisor Thomas Tuchel.
Hope could possibly be supplied to the Spanish keeper although as Mendy is now set to compete within the African Cup of Nations – leaving the door open for Arrizabalaga to be given one closing alternative to impress.
Talking not too long ago (as quoted by the Daily Mail) about his £72m star, Tuchel admitted to being happy with the shot-stopper’s psychological resilience.
“I’m very completely happy on the whole,” Tuchel instructed reporters. “Completely satisfied is possibly not the best phrase, however I’m tremendous impressed with Kepa.
“It isn’t a shock anymore as a result of he’s within the frame of mind as an individual, a personality and a sportsman the place he simply delivers for us, as a result of he does what he does greatest.
“That is what he reveals on daily basis in coaching and for this reason he will get the reward. I’m completely positive that that is the rationale why he has these sorts of performances.
“I’m tremendous completely happy, we want him in this type of form. The goalkeepers are a robust group and Kepa is an enormous a part of it.”
No matter his supervisor’s reward, there is no such thing as a denying that Arrizabalaga is properly behind Mendy within the membership’s pecking order although.
With Lazio now rising as a possible vacation spot, though they need to first discover a option to afford the goalkeeper’s £170,000-per week ages, enjoying time assurances could possibly be key as Arrizabalaga prepares to drive his means into Spain’s squad in time for this summer season’s Qatar World Cup.