Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was linked with Bayern Munich, is expected to head to Real Madrid.
Transfer market expert 토토사이트Fabricio Romano said on his social media on the 13th (hereinafter Korean time), “Kepa is going to Madrid soon. Therefore, he will not participate in the schedule for the first round of the English Premier League (EPL) against Liverpool. Currently, Real We are waiting for the final decision. The verbal contract has been completed. It is a one-year lease.”
Kepa joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in 2018. At the time, Chelsea spent the highest transfer fee for a goalkeeper in history, £71 million (approximately 119 billion won) to bring Kepa. But Kepa, who joined Chelsea, fell short of expectations. He made several fatal mistakes and became the target of criticism.
In the end, Chelsea also made a decision. Ahead of the 2020-21 season, Eduard Mendy was signed. Kepa gave up the starting spot to Mendy. And until the 2021-22 season, it has fallen into a position enough to digest the goalkeeper for domestic cup competitions.
At the beginning of last season, the situation was not much different. However, with the departure of coach Graham Porter and the arrival of interim coach Frank Lampard, Kepa’s opportunity came. Mendy’s injury was also a decisive reason. Mendy was out of power for about 100 days from the end of last year to March this year.
But this summer, things have changed again. After Mauricio Pochettino took over the helm, he replaced the goalkeeper. Mendi left for Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia. And Robert Sanchez, who played for Brighton, was brought in.
Naturally, the possibility of Kepa’s transfer increased. The first destination mentioned was Munich. Munich are also considering a goalkeeper replacement recently. Currently, there are Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich, but they are 37 and 35 years old, respectively. Jan Sommer recently left for Inter Milan.
In the midst of this, the transfer to Real Madrid was on the fast track. On the 13th, Real Madrid officially announced on the club website, “Courtois has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He will undergo surgery soon.” With the departure of Courtois confirmed, Real rushed to find a replacement. And the lease of Kepa is close.