Kepa Arrizabalaga to serve as a huge FFP boost with transfer audition

Kepa Arrizabalaga set to serve as a huge FFP boost with transfer audition

Chelsea have been handed an indirect transfer update on Kepa Arrizabalaga that could serve as a huge FFP boost. The Blues allowed Kepa to leave on a temporary basis following the arrival of Robert Sanchez with Real Madrid acquiring the former’s services after ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois picked up a serious injury.

During the opening months of the 2023/24 season, Kepa was the No.1 choice however that soon changed with Andriy Lunin impressing and establishing himself as the first-choice option. As a result, Los Blancos have already made the firm decision they will not attempt to sign Kepa on a permanent basis this summer, however that may change.

Courtois was ruled out for the season back in August however the Belgian international shockingly returned to training earlier this month. Despite Lunin’s impressive displays, Courtois looked set to make an immediate starting XI return, but that is now definitely not going to happen with another knee injury hitting the 31-year-old.

A club statement read: “After the tests carried out today on our player Thibaut Courtois, he has been diagnosed with a tear of the internal meniscus of his right knee. The injury occurred during today’s training session.” With Courtois set to miss the next seven weeks at least, and undergo surgery, Kepa has been given some vague hope of featuring for Madrid before the end of the season.

With Kepa set to return in the summer, Chelsea are expected to place him up for sale with Sanchez and Djorde Petrovic fighting for the number one jersey in west London. Chelsea spent £71.6million to sign Kepa from Athletic Bilbao back in 2018 and recouping even close to that looks a significant challenge given the turbulent six years he has endured.

However, just any fee would arrive as a boost for Todd Boehly with the Blues in desperate need of raising funds in order to comply with profit and sustainability rules. Unlike Everton and Nottingham Forest who have been punished, and Manchester City who are awaiting the verdict on 115 charges, Chelsea have not actually been charged nor are facing charges.

Nonetheless, there is understandable concern they may do shortly because of the mass spend done since the arrival of Boehly. Last summer, Chelsea were forced to raise funds swiftly and a similar action may need to be taken ahead of the 2024/25 season with Kepa one who could be sacrificed.

Conor Gallagher is another that may depart, despite a number of superb displays this season, as the money obtained from his sale would count as pure profit on the books. The likes of Lewis Hall and Ian Maatsen are on loan but in the region of £60million could be acquired this summer from their potential permanent exit given the clauses includes in their contracts with Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.


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