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Kepa Arrizabalaga closes in on loan move to Napoli as Chelsea agree deal for 18-year-old MLS starlet Gaga Slonina


Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to leave Chelsea this summer.

The Spaniard joined the Blues for £71million, a world record for a goalkeeper, but struggled to live up to his hefty price tag.

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Kepa’s days with Chelsea could be coming to an end

Kepa Arrizabalaga closes in on loan move to Napoli as Chelsea agree deal for 18-year-old MLS starlet Gaga Slonina

Gaga Slonina looks set to move to Stamford Bridge as a replacement

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Spanish goalkeeper is close to finalizing a loan move to Italian side Napoli.

It is claimed that the Blues will still have to pay 75% of the player’s £150,000 weekly wage, but Napoli will pay a loan fee of £1.25million.

It remains to be seen whether the deal will include an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

It comes after news broke that Chelsea are in the process of agreeing a deal to sign Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gaga Slonina.

The 18-year-old looks set to move to west London later this season.

For Kepa, it could mean the end of a frustrating period in his career. After joining the club in 2018, the Spanish stopper established himself as Chelsea’s first-choice keeper in his first two campaigns at the club.


Kepa Arrizabalaga closes in on loan move to Napoli as Chelsea agree deal for 18-year-old MLS starlet Gaga Slonina

The Spaniard looks set to join Napoli on loan

However, the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes in 2020 saw him drop out of the hierarchy.

With Mendy considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, Kepa had to settle for a place on the bench for the Blues, with his only real first-team action being domestic cup competitions.

Undoubtedly a top goalkeeper, the 27-year-old hopes a move to Napoli can revive his career with a place in Spain’s World Cup squad up for grabs.



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