Even a loan deal for Kepa will be difficult, former Chelsea goalkeeper says

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Chelsea broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, with the Blues spending almost £72m to sign up the 24-year-old.

Kepa is in his third season at Chelsea, but he has so far failed to impressed, and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had gone ahead to sign a new number one, with Edouard Mendy now replacing Kepa as first-choice at the club.

Chelsea may be looking for an exit plan for Kepa, but former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green, has said that it would be even difficult to get a loan deal for him, not to talk of a sale, due to his high wages.

“It’s a tough sell. It’s a numbers thing,” Robert Green told The Athletic when asked whether he believed Chelsea would be able to find a new club, permanently or on loan, for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

“Chelsea and [their director] Marina Granovskaia are not in the business of losing money. They have an asset which is depreciating greatly but with football clubs in the financial state they’re in, it’s going to be tough to put something together.

“I’m not even talking just about selling, even a loan is going to be a struggle. The transfer fee and the wages [believed to be around £170,000 a week] is the biggest obstacle to resolving the situation.”

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