Athletic Club are reportedly interested in bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga back to San Mames amid speculation that Unai Simon could depart next year.
According to Fichajes, Kepa Arrizabalaga is on the radar of Athletic Club, who could look for a new goalkeeper if Unai Simon departs. The Basque outfit’s strict transfer policy means there are only a few options for them to consider in the market, with the Chelsea goalkeeper one of those.
Kepa Arrizabalaga seems to have gotten back his regular place in this Chelsea side this season following the appointment of Graham Potter. The former Brighton & Hove Albion boss reinstated the Spaniard in place of Edouard Mendy, and the former Athletic Club goalkeeper has proven himself.
Kepa moved to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea paid a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeperback in 2019. The Spaniard has had a topsy-turvy ride since then. But as things were returning to normal at the club, he suffered another injury right before the World Cup break.
He could start games once the Premier League season resumes, but his long-term future at the club is under considerable doubt. Chelsea are open to a sale if they can find suitable replacements in the market. Even Mendy’s future is also in doubt, which points to Chelsea thinking about refreshing the position altogether.
Robert Sanchez is a target for the Blues, and they may end up securing the Spaniard on a big move. Kepa might remain and yet again play second fiddle at Chelsea. But if there is an opportunity to leave and play elsewhere, he might take it.
Former employers Athletic Club are reportedly interested in re-signing the Chelsea goalkeeper if there is a chance. Much will depend on whether Unai Simon remains at the Club. The Spanish international could become a key target for many clubs following his performances at the World Cup with La Roja.
Simon is also a target for Chelsea and remains on their list of potential goalkeepers. More clubs could be keen on the Spain No.1, including Manchester United and Barcelona. Hence, if Simon leaves, Athletic could target a return for Kepa.
The team’s strict policy of recruiting only Basque players could prove a significant factor when searching for a new goalkeeper. There are very few options in the market, and Kepa is the best one available. Hence, the Chelsea goalkeeper is an obvious choice, although much will depend on his price and desire for a return.
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