VALENCIA are ready to test the water as they look to snap up Chelsea’s out-of-favour keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on a two-year loan deal.
And Blues boss Frank Lampard is looking at Ajax stopper Andre Onana as his replacement.
Lamps has not been impressed with Kepa’s form this term and dropped him earlier this season as his world record £71.6million signing struggled to find the sort of displays which made him the top keeper in LaLiga.
Valencia know all too well the Spanish keeper’s capabilities from his time at Athletic Bilbao.
And if they can convince Stamford Bridge chiefs to let him come over for two years, by way of a loan fee and paying a hefty contribution to his wages, then Lamps could make a move for Onana.
The Cameroon No1 has been key as Ajax reached last season’s Champions League semi-final and won this term’s Eredivisie title in Holland.
Onane has kept 15 clean sheets this campaign.
Lamps got a good look at the 24-year-old when his side took on Ajax in the group stages of the Champions League this season.
If Chelsea agree to the two-year loan, Valencia would have an option to buy at the end of that, according to Madrid sports daily Marca.
Kepa lost his place to 38-year-old ex-Manchester City stopper Willy Cabellero earlier this season.
He has won it back now, but doubts remain over whether he will be Lampard’s permanent No1.
Onane is also wanted by French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
By: Alan Scott
Title: Chelsea keeper Kepa wanted by Valencia in two-year loan transfer with Lampard eyeing Ajax’s Onana as replacement
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/premierleague/11968566/chelsea-kepa-loan-valencia-ajax/
Published Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2020 07:57:05 +0000