New option emerges for Chelsea outcast; Ajax star could replace him

Divisive Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga has been offered an escape route from Stamford Bridge, as part of a merry-go-round of goalkeepers that could see the Blues land an impressive replacement.

Kepa has spent two years at Chelsea since becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in history. However, he has struggled to live up to his price tag, and was dropped by Frank Lampard earlier this season.

The Spaniard has since reclaimed his starting berth. But that has not stopped the rumours of an exit continuing to circulate.

Kepa has been tipped to return to La Liga, with Marca adding to earlier reports that Valencia are interested. The report claims that Kepa could leave Chelsea for the Mestalla on a two-year loan, with an option to buy.

Valencia’s first choice goalkeeper is Jasper Cillessen, but he has been linked with a return to Ajax. In turn, that could prompt current Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana to move to Chelsea as Kepa’s replacement.

Various sources add that Kepa is keen to leave Chelsea for a club where he would be the undisputed first choice. The risk of being dropped again may impact his chances of being Spain’s number one at next summer’s European Championships.




Should Chelsea land Onana as his replacement, it would be their second signing from Ajax this summer. Hakim Ziyech has already agreed to join, as Lampard continues to build an exciting squad.

Chelsea face competition from PSG for Onana, though. Manchester United have also been touted as potential suitors – despite Dean Henderson possibly returning after his loan at Sheffield United.

Cameroon international Onana is not the Blues’ only option to replace Kepa, as Roman Burki, Nick Pope and Vicente Guaita have also been linked.

Reports indicate that Kepa’s future depends on how he performs for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old has not kept a clean sheet in his two games since the Premier League returned.