Latest Newcastle united News: Newcastle want to sign Chelsea star loved by Marina Granovskaia but face £50M transfer fee
Newcastle are reportedly hoping to acquire Chelsea midfielder Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer, but they may have to fight hard to get him away from Stamford Bridge, as transfer manager Marina Granovskaia adores him. After a poor first half of the season, Newcastle has climbed out of the relegation zone in recent weeks.
Kepa cost Chelsea £72 million when he was signed from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
The sum is still a world record for a goalie, and he was anticipated to have a bright career at the pinnacle of the sport.
However, during his early days with the club, the 27-year-old made a series of high-profile errors, and fans’ faith in him began to wane.
Frank Lampard, the former Chelsea manager, eventually determined that Kepa was not talented enough to be first-choice at Stamford Bridge. Two years later, he signed Rennes’ Edouard Mendy.
Mendy has already established himself as the Blues’ unquestioned No. 1, with Kepa now serving as a costly backup.
The Daily Star reports that the west Londoners are open to proposals in the area of £50 million for Kepa.
And if Newcastle can keep their spot in the Premier League, they may be ready to put up the cash.
The Magpies want to establish a strong squad at St James’ Park in the next years to fight at the top of the table.
And manager Eddie Howe might resort to Kepa, despite his great regard for incumbent goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Newcastle may face a bidding battle to sign the Spain international, as Atletico Madrid is also interested in bringing him back to his homeland.
Despite his problems, Kepa has made 122 appearances in the capital and has 46 clean sheets to his name.
Even though he has three and a half years left on his Chelsea deal, he may leap at the chance to restart his career at a high-profile team.
Lampard obviously shattered the player’s confidence, and he thought the former England star didn’t provide him with enough support during his worst days, according to the Daily Mail.
Lampard’s handling of Kepa allegedly played a factor in his dismissal, with club officials apparently instructing the 43-year-old at the time to put his arm around the player and regain his confidence.
Lampard’s decision to sign Mendy was finally validated, as the Senegalese international has been a revelation for the Blues.
And that means Kepa may be willing to move on in order to avoid squandering some of his greatest years on the Chelsea bench.
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