Villarreal boss Unai Emery wants to bring in a new goalkeeper, with Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga his primary target to replace the underperforming Geronimo Rulli.
According to Fichajes, Villarreal are already looking for a new goalkeeper after Geronimo Rulli’s disastrous performance in the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. Their primary target is Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, who remains firmly behind Edouard Mendy at Stamford Bridge.
Signed for a world record fee, Kepa Arrizabala continues to struggle for regular game-time at Chelsea. When the Premier League club decided to pay his £72 million release clause, many were stunned, and many expected the Spaniard to become a renowned keeper at Stamford Bridge.
But, it has not panned out that way as the 27-year-old endured a difficult couple of seasons before being eventually replaced by Mendy as the first-choice shot-stopper. Now, Kepa could leave Chelsea in the summer as he seeks regular game-time. There is considerable interest within the Premier League, with Newcastle thought to be keen on the Spaniard.
Juventus are also plotting a move for Kepa as they seek a long term replacement for Wojciech Szczesny. However, now Villarreal are reportedly in the chase for the shot-stopper and plan on installing him as their new No.1.
These links emerge after Geronimo Rulli’s disastrous performance in the Champions League semi-final second leg, as Liverpool took full advantage and secured their place in the final, defeating Villarreal.
Manager Unai Emery would reportedly like Kepa to replace Rulli next season, although the manager will hope for his club to conclude a deal with Chelsea. Despite his second-choice status at Stamford Bridge, the Blues could look to recoup a significant amount from suitors interested in the keeper.
Villarreal reportedly want a deal for under €20 million, but Chelsea are expected to ask for more. The Spanish giants do not have huge financial resources, which could hamper their pursuit of the former Athletic Club star.
As for Kepa, it could be a chance to move back to Spain, where he can play under less pressure compared to the Premier League. A move to an English side, where he can play regularly, could also be a possibility, although returning to familiar surroundings could be the key to his future.