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Maurizio Sarri is hoping to secure a shock Chelsea raid this month, and a potential reason why the unlikely deal could go through has emerged.
Chelsea are entering a key period in their season with the accumulation of a new highlight. The Blues travel to north London on Wednesday for the second match in their EFL Cup semi-final showdown with Tottenham. They then face title rivals Manchester City, Brighton and Tottenham in the league in nine days.
Thomas Tuchel will be without his No1 goalkeeper during the matches with Edouard Mendy out on AFCON service.
It will give Kepa Arrizabalaga a chance to shine after having played mainly as a cup keeper since Mendy’s arrival.
However, according to the athletic, Lazio are looking to loan Kepa this month.
Clearly, Chelsea would be reluctant to lose their second-choice stopper while Mendy is absent.
However, they have Marcus Bettinelli on the books, with the former Fulham goalkeeper able to replace occasionally. In fact, Bettinelli was selected to start in their third round win of the FA Cup over Chesterfield on Saturday.
Quotes the athletic postponement, Sports Illustrated reveal Chelsea sought to lease Kepa last summer. A deal is said to have been ‘close’, but the Spaniard eventually stayed at Stamford Bridge.
Lazio have hopes for the Kepa deal
Lazio are now the primary candidate to sign Kepa this month and ESPN suggests one reason why the unlikely trade could occur.
With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar less than a year away, the outlet state’s international ambitions may be on the 27 – year – old’s mind.
His place in the Spanish set-up is in doubt while he was installed as a back-up goalkeeper at Chelsea. A loan away to generate regular playing time would turn his international chances into a world of good.
In the end, however, it is unlikely that Chelsea will sanction a move with Mendy facing up to a month away in Cameroon.
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Desperate Barcelona reveal Chelsea transfer fee costs
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been told how much it will cost to pick up a Barcelona star this month, according to a report.
The Spanish club must trim their squad so they can register the new Ferran Torres. That cannot be done at the moment as it will put Barcelona above their salary cap. Barcelona have already moved Philippe Coutinho out on loan to Aston Villa, but more exits are still needed.
Barca can sell to the Premier League as Chelsea are hoping to sign US star Sergino Dest.
A recent report from Sports witness, with reference to Spanish business Sport, claims he is theirs number one goal on the right back.
Thomas Tuchel’s team is apparently ready to go ‘all out’ for the 21-year-old.
Barca’s demands have now been made, according to the Spanish outlet The National (via football.london). Blaugrana will accept bids of € 40m. (£ 33.4m) during the January transfer window.
And Dest could excel at Stamford Bridge if Chelsea meet his price tag. He is already familiar with striker Christian Pulisic because of their time on the US national team. He also played with Hakim Ziyech in Ajax.
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