Chelsea close in on Kepa loan which will see them cover 75% of wages

Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to rebuild after a turbulent few years with Chelsea as the Blues approach a loan deal from Napoli for the Spaniard, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Spain international endured a difficult first two seasons in west London following his £71.6m move, according to the Guardian, which made him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

Kepa was replaced by Edouard Mendy as Chelsea’s No.1 ahead of the 2020/21 season and the 27-year-old has barely had a look since, so a loan spell seems long overdue.

While Kepa will have the opportunity to reinvigorate himself in Serie A with a top side in Napoli, it will be Chelsea who foot the bulk of the bill for that to happen.

Di Marzio reports that the two clubs have reached an agreement on the salary aspect of the deal, Chelsea will cover 75% of Kepa’s salary, but bonuses are still a sticking point.

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Kepa has been replaced at Chelsea by Edouard Mendy.

The Italian outlet adds that the clubs are not yet on the same page when it comes to bonuses, as Chelsea are looking for two clauses to the deal which would be worth €1.5 each, which Kepa’s agents are striving for. to reduce.

Kepa made 14 appearances in the 2020/21 campaign which marked Mendy’s arrival at Chelsea and 15 appearances in all competitions last season, mostly in cup competitions.

After a tricky time in the Premier League, Chelsea will of course find it nearly impossible to recoup a sizable share of their world-record investment in Kepa, so their only option seems to be to pay most of the stopper’s wages to seize an opportunity for him. proves at least some value abroad.

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