Chelsea are currently working towards two potential departures during the current transfer window, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.
The Italian has claimed that defender Malang Sarr is in talks with more than one club from France, despite there having already been a bid from Premier League newcomers Fulham.
Napoli will today meet today to discuss a move with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s agents to try to come to an agreement over a loan deal for the Spanish goalkeeper, who is currently behind Edouard Mendy in Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
The Stamford Bridge outfit broke the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Kepa from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6m (Sky Sports) in the summer of 2018 ahead of Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid but has failed to live up to his transfer fee and will now potentially look to get his career back on track in Serie A.
Chelsea are working on two possible departures: Malang Sarr, been told he’s in talks with Ligue1 clubs despite Fulham bid. 🔵 #CFC
There’s a meeting scheduled today between Napoli and Kepa’s agent to discuss details of loan proposal.
Both players could leave Chelsea soon. pic.twitter.com/2aJMTNnFDT
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 2, 2022
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Sarr has often underperformed when he has featured for the Blues indicating that the 23-year-old is still not ready to ply his trade at the top level. Despite having lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, it looks like Chelsea are open to letting him leave this summer.
Perhaps that could be down to their pursuit of Brighton and Hove Albion full-back Marc Cucurella (Fabrizio Romano), who can also play in a back three when required. With Kalidou Koulibaly’s arrival, the left centre-back role is reinforced to an extent for the time being.
As for Kepa, it is difficult to see him remain with Thomas Tuchel’s team, considering how Edouard Mendy is higher up in the pecking order. Furthermore, it is unreasonable to continue with an expensive backup shot-stopper who earns around £150,000 a week (Metro).
Chelsea paid a massive transfer fee for Arrizabalaga and will be hoping an impressive spell in Italy will allow them to recoup as much money as possible, with the goalkeeper having three years left in his current contract (The Sun).