Real Madrid are once again dealing with an injury-filled season. Los Blancos have lost a number of key players to lengthy injuries this time around but have managed to cope without them thus far. Arguably the biggest loss has been that of Thibaut Courtois, who tore his ACL days before the start of the campaign,
Real Madrid made the quick and smart move to bring in Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on a season-long loan deal to cover for the Belgian’s absence. However, the Spaniard could find himself at Santiago Bernabeu for the foreseeable future if things go according to plan.
As reported by The Sun, Real Madrid are ready to do business with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Kepa. But they will not pay a transfer fee of more than £17.5 million for the Spanish goalkeeper.
Kepa has settled in well in the Real Madrid starting XI. Los Blancos have only lost one match that the Spaniard has played in and also conceded more than one goal on just two occasions. Courtois left big shoes to fill and the Chelsea loanee has done fine so far.
Real Madrid want Chelsea player in £17.5 million deal
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Real Madrid could look to bring in Kepa on a permanent deal. Andriy Lunin is in the final year of his contract. A move away from Santiago Bernabeu and regular playing time could be what the 24-year-old needs to take his career to the next level.
A deal to sign Kepa permanently should not prove to be a difficult task. The Spaniard will have a year left on his contract at Chelsea next summer.
Of course, a £17.5 million transfer fee would mean a major loss for Chelsea, who signed the Spaniard for a figure around £71.6 million from Athletic Bilbao. Let’s see how things play out.