Kepa Arrizabalaga is closing in on a move away from Chelsea this summer.
The Spaniard joined the Blues for £71million, a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, but has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Spanish goalkeeper is close to finalising a loan move to Italian side Napoli.
It’s claimed that the Blues will still have to pay 75 per cent of the player’s £150,000 a week salary, however Napoli will pay a £1.25m loan fee.
It remains to be seen whether the deal will include an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
This comes after the news that Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper, Gaga Slonina.
The 18-year-old looks set to move to west London later this season.
For Kepa, it could spell the end of a frustrating spell in his career. After arriving at the club in 2018, the Spanish stopper established himself as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper during his first two campaigns at the club.
However, the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes in 2020 saw him drop down the pecking order.
With Mendy regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League, Kepa has had to settle for a spot on the Blues’ bench, with his only real first-team action coming in domestic cup competitions.
Undoubtedly a top-level goalkeeper, the 27-year-old will be hoping that a move to Naples can kickstart his career with a spot in Spain’s World Cup squad up for grabs.
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