Chelsea in market to sign £30m Udinese man despite major summer deal

Date published: Saturday 5th December 2020 10:00 - James Marshment

Juan Musso TEAMtalk

Chelsea made an approach to land Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso this summer, prior to their capture of Edouard Mendy, according to a report.

After seeing Kepa Arrizabalaga struggle for form, it was clear the Blues were intent on signing a replacement for the Spaniard.

Several names were linked – and the club did indeed draw up a shortlist – Chelsea completed a £22m deal for the Rennes man in September..

The 28-year-old has kept nine clean sheets in 12 outings since moving to Stamford Bridge. The purchase already looks like a great decision by their recruitment department, with Petr Cech explaining here why they targeted Mendy.

However, Mundo Udinese (via Sport Witness) claims Musso was one alternative Cech had on his list of goalkeepers. The report claims that Chelsea remain interested too with Udinese preparing to lose the Argentine stopper.

The Italian website reckons Musso is valued at around £30m. They state he will ‘probably be sold at the end of the season’. In addition, they state Chelsea have ‘tested the waters’ over a potential January deal.

Italian giants Inter Milan and Ligue 1 oufit PSG also reported to be keen.

Kepa to push for Chelsea exit

Any deal for Musso would likely depend on Kepa being sold.

Kepa Arrizabalaga TEAMtalk

As per reports last month, the Spaniard is willing to take a significant pay cut to secure a loan move in January.

That lack of game time at Stamford Bridge has seen him fall down the pecking order for Spain. And with the delayed Euro 2020 scheduled for this summer, Kepa knows he needs to play to secure his place.

As such, Kepa is now open to a loan move away in January. Furthermore, he is willing to accept a vast reduction in his £150,000-per-week salary.

A return to LaLiga looks likely the best option for the 26-year-old.

READ MORE: Former Blues goalkeeper tips Kepa to still come good at Chelsea

 

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