Chelsea price Kepa with Newcastle set to rival Spanish giants for goalkeeper

Newcastle and a host of LaLiga clubs are eyeing Chelsea ace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 27-year-old cost the Blues £72million from Athletic Bilbao in 2018, and the fee remains the highest ever paid for a goalkeeper.

However, his career has stalled and the Spain international is actually an expensive understudy for Edouard Mendy.

Arrizabalaga played while Mendy represented Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

And he also helped Chelsea reach the Carabao Cup final at the expense of Tottenham in January.

With his stock higher than at any point in his Chelsea career, the club’s bigwigs will be pushing to get him off the books this summer.

Kepa Arrizabalaga holds the record for most penalty shootout saves in Chelsea history

It is understood that West Londoners are ready to listen to any reasonable offer around the £50m mark.

A loan with an obligation to purchase may also be considered acceptable under the right circumstances.

A range of LaLiga heavy hitters – including Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid – actively sniffed.

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But cash-rich Newcastle are also ready to show their cards if they stay in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe highly values ​​Slovakian international Martin Dubravka.

Nonetheless, the Toon’s ambitious new owners want wholesale upgrades across the team if they maintain their top-tier status.

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