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 response to a latest report from The Athletic, who claims the Serie A facet wish 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.
Nonetheless, regardless of arriving in London as the game’s most costly shot-stopper, the 27-year-old has endured a dreadful spell.
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A collection of poor performances and particular person errors noticed Chelsea pressured 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 massively 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 may very well be provided 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 ultimate alternative to impress.
Talking just lately (as quoted by the Day by day Mail) about his £72m star, Tuchel admitted to being happy with the shot-stopper’s psychological resilience.
“I’m very completely satisfied generally,” Tuchel instructed reporters. “Completely satisfied is perhaps not the appropriate phrase, however I’m tremendous impressed with Kepa.
“It’s not a shock anymore as a result of he’s within the mind-set as an individual, a personality and a sportsman the place he simply delivers for us, as a result of he does what he does finest.
“That is what he reveals daily in coaching and because of this he will get the reward. I’m completely certain that that is the explanation why he has these sorts of performances.
“I’m tremendous completely satisfied, we’d like him in this sort of form. The goalkeepers are a powerful group and Kepa is a giant a part of it.”
No matter his supervisor’s reward, there isn’t any 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 have to first discover a solution to afford the goalkeeper’s £170,000-per week ages, taking part in time assurances may very well be key as Arrizabalaga prepares to pressure his approach into Spain’s squad in time for this summer time’s Qatar World Cup.