Real Madrid are hesitant to extend Kepa Arrizabalaga’s loan deal, which could have an impact on Chelsea’s future transfer activity.
Despite a 5-3 triumph over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semi-final on Wednesday, the 29-year-old custodian committed costly errors, and officials in Madrid are growing increasingly displeased with the Spaniard, despite having an option to buy included in the loan arrangement.
With Thibaut Courtois sidelined with a long-term knee injury, Carlo Ancelotti has been urged to start Ukrainian custodian Andriy Lunin ahead of the loanee.
Kepa wants to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his performances have cast doubt on a long-term contract.
Chelsea want to offload their £71 million signing, who became the world’s most expensive custodian when he arrived in 2018, although he has only a year left on his current £180,000-a-week Blues contract.
It will put Chelsea in a difficult negotiation position as they seek to transfer an unwanted player on a big wage. For the time being, the club is content with Robert Sanchez and Djordje Petrovic.
Chelsea are looking to collect finances in order to recruit a striker, a left-back and a central defender during the current January transfer window and in the summer to help Mauricio Pochettino’s struggling side.
However, player sales are critical, especially as Chelsea is unlikely to qualify for the Champions League due to the Premier League’s new and stringent Profit and Sustainability standards.