Chelsea could potentially face a significant financial setback as they consider offloading a record signing in the upcoming transfer windows, resulting in a substantial £63 million loss compared to their initial investment.
Over the past three transfer windows, Chelsea has been notably active in the transfer market, with high-profile departures such as Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, and Mateo Kovacic aimed at generating funds for new acquisitions.
While many of these sales have brought in considerable fees, accumulating over £230 million, Chelsea is contemplating allowing one player to leave at a considerable financial deficit.
Spanish outlet La Defensa reports that Real Madrid is interested in retaining Kepa Arrizabalaga beyond his loan spell and is prepared to offer Chelsea £8.7 million for the Spanish goalkeeper.
Chelsea had initially secured Kepa’s services from Athletic Bilbao for a staggering £72 million in 2018, setting a record for a goalkeeper transfer. Despite winning the Europa League in his debut season, the 29-year-old’s tenure at Stamford Bridge has not met expectations.
Experienced goalkeeper Willy Caballero took his place in the starting lineup during Frank Lampard’s tenure before Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy as the new No.1. This summer, both Mendy and Arrizabalaga departed, with the latter heading to Real Madrid to stand in for the injured Thibaut Courtois.
Arrizabalaga’s performances at Los Blancos have apparently left a positive impression on the Real Madrid hierarchy, who are considering a permanent transfer next summer as Courtois’ backup. However, the proposed transfer fee is significantly lower, exceeding £63 million less than what Chelsea initially invested, potentially complicating the deal.
Despite the potential financial loss, Chelsea, under the ownership of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, has demonstrated a willingness to allow players to depart the club in order to finance the acquisition of new, younger talents. Currently, Robert Sanchez serves as the club’s goalkeeper, and manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his satisfaction with the Spaniard, even after a recent mistake in a match against Arsenal. Pochettino acknowledged the error but remained supportive of Sanchez.