The Sun has reported that Real Madrid is looking to sign a new goalkeeper as a backup for Thibaut Courtois, and has set aside a budget of 20 million euros for the purpose. The club’s president, Florentino Pérez, has given his approval for negotiations with Chelsea for the transfer of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid coach, is aware that he has the goalkeeper position covered in the short term, but the injury suffered by Courtois has made it necessary to look for a strong competitor for a place in the starting lineup. The market does not offer many elite solutions in this regard, but it may not be necessary to look beyond the north of the Spanish capital.
According to The Sun, Kepa is the target for Real Madrid. The Basque goalkeeper has impressed everyone at the club, including Florentino Pérez, who has given the green light for negotiations with Chelsea. The hope is that Kepa will be able to continue next season as Courtois’ backup, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Andriy Lunin, who is currently on loan at Real Madrid, is unlikely to be considered for the role.
Real Madrid is reportedly willing to do business with Chelsea for a permanent transfer of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was signed by the London club for a world-record fee of 71.6 million pounds five years ago. However, the Spanish giants are not willing to pay more than 17.5 million pounds (20 million euros) for the goalkeeper.
Kepa has been in good form this season, having conceded only 10 goals and kept up to five clean sheets. He is keen to stay at Real Madrid and compete with Courtois for the starting spot. It remains to be seen what figure will convince Chelsea to part with Arrizabalaga, who is not currently in their plans.
Real Madrid is known for its ambitious transfer policy, and the signing of Kepa would be seen as a statement of intent. The club is looking to strengthen its squad ahead of a season where it will be looking to challenge for domestic and European titles. The Basque goalkeeper would provide a strong backup option for Courtois, and could also push him to raise his game.