Real Madrid find themselves in a situation that could lead to a momentous decision regarding their destination. After learning of Thibaut Courtois’ serious injury towards the end of pre-season, the Merengue club acted quickly to secure the services of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu on loan from Chelsea.
Chelsea had not initially considered the option of a permanent transfer for Kepa, which was made clear by the fact that there was no purchase option included in the loan agreement. But over time, the Londoners have changed their position and are ready to negotiate a permanent transfer.
According to Defensa Central, the English club’s officials would be willing to let the Basque goalkeeper go for a sum between 20 and 25 million euros. This figure represents a significant drop compared to the €80 million they paid for him when they signed him in 2018. However, given Kepa’s age, 28, and his experience in top-flight football, this seems to be a reasonable price.
Real Madrid are staying calm for now and assessing Kepa’s performance in the truly crucial games of the season, as well as his competitiveness once Courtois recovers. The goal situation at the Santiago Bernabéu is one of the most important stories we will be following in the coming months and the final decision for Kepa Arrizabalaga could have a significant impact on the club’s future in the position.