Italian side Lazio is wanting to sign a brand-new goalkeeper and has actually turned their attention to Chelsea back-up Kepa Arrizabalaga.
That’s according to a current report from The Athletic, who declares the Serie A side wants to include Arrizabalaga to their team however are having a hard time to manage his sky-high earnings.
Arrizabalaga, 27, signed up with the Blues in 2018 following a hit £72m relocation from Spanish side Sevilla.
However, regardless of showing up in London as the sport’s most pricey shot-stopper, the 27-year-old has actually withstood an awful spell.
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A series of bad efficiencies and private mistakes saw Chelsea required to generate another goalkeeper in the kind of Edouard Mendy, who participated in 2020 from French side Stade Rennes.
Following what has actually been an extremely effective 18-months for Mendy, the African’s display screens have actually now seen Arrizabalaga resign to absolutely nothing more than a backup function under supervisor Thomas Tuchel.
Hope might be provided to the Spanish keeper though as Mendy is now set to contend in the African Cup of Nations – leaving the door open for Arrizabalaga to be offered one last chance to impress.
Speaking just recently (as estimated by the Daily Mail) about his £72m star, Tuchel confessed to being pleased with the shot-stopper’s psychological strength.
“I am very happy in general,” Tuchel informed press reporters. “Happy is maybe not the right word, but I am super impressed with Kepa.
“It is not a surprise anymore because he is in the state of mind as a person, a character and a sportsman where he just delivers for us, because he does what he does best.
“This is what he shows every day in training and this is why he gets the reward. I am absolutely sure that this is the reason why he has these kinds of performances.
“I am super happy, we need him in this kind of shape. The goalkeepers are a strong group and Kepa is a big part of it.”
Regardless of his supervisor’s appreciation, there is no rejecting that Arrizabalaga is well behind Mendy in the club’s chain of command though.
With Lazio now becoming a possible location, although they need to initially discover a method to manage the goalkeeper’s £170,000-per week ages, playing time guarantees might be crucial as Arrizabalaga prepares to require his method into Spain’s team in time for this summer season’s Qatar World Cup.