Chelsea set Kepa asking price after Mendy joins for £22m

Joe Williams
Kepa Arrizabalaga Chelsea

Chelsea are ready to let Kepa Arrizabalaga leave Stamford Bridge on loan following the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes, according to reports.

Senegal international Mendy will provide competition for Kepa, who has struggled for form and confidence at Stamford Bridge.

The 6ft 5in keeper has moved to west London in a deal reportedly worth around £22m.

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He became Lampard’s seventh senior signing of a busy summer following the arrivals of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.

However, The Sun now claims that Chelsea ‘are ready to send gaffe-prone Kepa out on loan’ and make Mendy ‘their new first-choice’.

The Spaniard has struggled to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge after making the move from Athletic Bilbao for £71m in 2018 to replace Thibaut Courtois.

The report believes that ‘Mendy’s arrival effectively spells curtains for Kepa’ and Chelsea will ‘now listen to loan options for the Spaniard’.

The Blues are apparently hoping that he can rebuild his reputation elsewhere with a loan, before the club attempt to sell him ‘for a bigger price’.

The Sun finishes by saying: ‘Chelsea would be looking to recoup at least £40m of the keeper’s transfer fee but recognise that is simply not possible in the current market conditions.’