Chelsea could land Kepa Arrizabalaga windfall as transfer quotes emerge - pundit
Noel Whelan has insisted a loan exit for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga “makes sense” as the Blues look to maximise their return on the world-record flop.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 27-year-old could prove his worth at a “good standard” European club.
According to the Daily Mirror (24 June), Chelsea are “open to offers” for Kepa and could loan him out if the deal “makes financial sense”.
The report claims French side OGC Nice are interested in signing the Spain international.
Speaking to Spanish outlet Marca (24 June), the former Athletic Bilbao ace insisted he is “not desperate” to leave Stamford Bridge but his “clear objective” is to play during the 2022-23 season.
Kepa cost Chelsea a reported £71.6million in 2018 – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
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Whelan claimed the Blues could still see a “reasonable” return if the shot-stopper impresses on loan.
“A loan deal just makes more sense for Kepa,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“If you get him out there, get him playing more regularly at a good standard club – he can prove himself. There’s a good goalkeeper in there.
“Get him out to Europe and he could put in the performances to convince a club to put their hands in their pockets.
“I don’t think they’ll get what they paid for him, but they’d be getting something reasonable.
“If you just keep him on the bench then his value just goes down and down. Right now, it needs building back up.
“It’s good thinking.
“If he has a good season in Europe, then it may just attract more interest from other big clubs and that can only be a good thing for Chelsea.”