Real Madrid found itself in a complicated situation before the start of the current season. The injury to Thibaut Courtois, considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world in recent seasons, brought the team to a crossroads. Uncertainty over whether he would recover in time for the election campaign necessitated quick decision-making.
The Merengue club opted for an immediate solution and signed Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan from Chelsea. The Spanish goalkeeper’s arrival came as a surprise to many given his history at Chelsea and the criticism he had received in the past.
However, Kepa has proven to be a solid addition for Real Madrid. He has been instrumental in improving the team’s defense this season. His performance has led to debate and calls from fans for his permanent signing.
Real Madrid would consider taking over Kepa’s services permanently. Eduardo Inda, a well-known journalist, stated on the program El Chiringuito de Jugones that the White club was ready to pay around 25 million euros for the Spanish goalkeeper. This move could cement Kepa as an integral part of the team.
Other positions need to be strengthened
However, the figure of 25 million euros is not to be ignored, especially at a time when Real Madrid needs to strengthen other positions on the pitch. Additionally, the question is raised as to how much playing time Kepa would receive if Courtois were fully recovered. On the other hand, Andriy Lunin is expected to leave the club at the end of his contract next summer, which would increase Real Madrid’s need for another goalkeeper in their ranks.