Juventus have reportedly identified Chelsea outcast Kepa Arrizabalaga as a top target for the summer as they look to replace Wojciech Szczesny.
According to a report from Fichajes, Juventus are ready to prioritise a move for Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Bianconeri are set to undergo a major squad overhaul in the summer, which could include the exit of Wojciech Szczesny. The Pole has endured a mixed time in Turin and his potential exit could force the Serie A club to target a new goalkeeper.
For a long time, Kepa has been one of the favourites to join Juventus. The Serie A giants rate the Spaniard highly despite his struggles at Chelsea and want to incorporate him in the upcoming summer transfer window.
In recent years, Kepa has lacked prominence in the Chelsea first team, falling behind Edouard Mendy in the pecking order. He has racked up a total of just 11 Premier League appearances for Chelsea since the start of the 2020/21 campaign, often being restricted to appearances in cup competitions.
While the Spaniard has not quite done poorly in terms of his performances, he is yet to win over Thomas Tuchel or the Chelsea board. As such, he could leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, with the Blues identifying Sam Johnstone as a potential replacement.
Kepa has no shortage of alternatives himself, having been linked with a host of top clubs across Europe. He was most recently linked with a move to Barcelona, as a potential competitor for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has struggled for form and consistency over the past couple of years.
The likes of Lazio and Newcastle United have remained keen on signing the former Athletic Club goalkeeper as well, with Maurizio Sarri particularly keen on a reunion in Rome.
But in Juventus, Kepa could himself an ideal destination. The Bianconeri are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and are threatening to re-establish their dominance over Italian football next season by making smart purchases such as Dusan Vlahovic and Denis Zakaria. The Chelsea outcast could be another such acquisition, as the Spaniard has vast experience at the highest level of football.
However, it remains to be seen how much Chelsea demand for their goalkeeping asset. The Blues will certainly look to recoup a fraction of the fortune they had spent on the goalkeeper a few years ago, and the onus will be on Juventus to meet those demands.