Real Madrid finds itself in a situation that could lead to a momentous decision in its goal. After learning of the serious injury suffered by Thibaut Courtois in the final stretch of the preseason, the merengue club acted quickly and secured the services of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu on loan from Chelsea.
Initially, Chelsea had not considered the option of a permanent transfer for Kepa, which was made clear by not including a purchase option in the loan agreement. However, as the days went by, the Londoners changed their position and were willing to negotiate a permanent transfer.
According to Defensa Central, the leaders of the English club would be willing to let the Basque goalkeeper leave for a sum that ranges between 20 and 25 million euros. This figure represents a marked decrease compared to the 80 million euros they paid for him when hiring him in 2018. However, it seems to be an appropriate price considering Kepa’s age, which is 28 years old, and his experience in elite football.
For now, Real Madrid remains calm and evaluates Kepa’s performance in the truly decisive games of the season, as well as his ability to compete once Courtois recovers. The situation in goal at the Santiago Bernabéu is one of the main stories to follow in the coming months, and the final decision on Kepa Arrizabalaga could have a significant impact on the club’s future in that position.