Revealed: Why Kepa didn’t leave Chelsea during the summer

Kepa Arrizabalaga
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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga still holds the record of being the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after Chelsea paid £72m for his services in 2018.

However, the Spaniard had been relegated to a bench role since the club signed Edouard Mendy.

Kepa was keen on leaving during the summer transfer window, but the deal fell through.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly was actually responsible for blocking the loan exit of Kepa Arrizabalaga to Napoli in the summer.

He wrote on his CaughtOffside column: “Kepa was actually close to leaving in the summer as Napoli were in advanced talks with Chelsea over a deal.

“In the end, Todd Boehly didn’t accept a loan proposal with buy option as he only wanted to proceed on permanent deal. Kepa is now doing great under Graham Potter but I’m sure Edouard Mendy will also be ready to compete soon, so there’s no news on the goalkeepers situation at Chelsea right now.”