Real Madrid are facing a goal realignment after Thibaut Courtois picked up a serious knee injury. Kepa Arrizabalaga has been chosen by the Meringues as his immediate replacement, in fact Chelsea appear to already have a replacement for the Spanish goalkeeper in Danish Kasper Schmeichel from Nice, who has plenty of Premier League experience.
After 10 years at Leicester City, Schmeichel left the Premier League last summer and joined Nice in Ligue 1 for a transfer fee of €1m. Now he is just one step away from returning to England and joining the ranks of Chelsea published by the English media The Mirror. Although Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea manager, has expressed his confidence in Kepa Arrizabalaga, Real Madrid’s interest has caught the Spanish goalkeeper’s attention and his departure is practically a fact.
Pochettino has made it clear that the competition for first place is on between Kepa and Robert Sánchez. Sánchez, who joined Chelsea for €30m, is keen to challenge Kepa in goal for the London side. The potential signing of the 36-year-old Schmeichel could represent a short-term solution as the team look to consolidate their goal in the long-term.
Back to Spain
Everything seems to indicate that in the next few hours, Kepa will be unveiled as a new Real Madrid player, at least for this season, as the deal with Chelsea included a one-season loan and the meringues would thus cover the serious injury of Thibaut Courtois, who will almost completely miss the season.