The arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Lazio has brought about rumors of a possible reunion between the Italian manager and Kepa Arrizabalaga at Rome, and although only a loan moe has been mooted, it would probably be in everybody’s interests for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper to change clubs (temporarily), in order for him to find some much-needed game-time, and hopefully, get his career back on track.
According to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the Serie A side are apparently confident about getting a loan deal done for the Spaniard, with Il Biancocelesti looking for a new goalkeeper since Thomas Strakosha’s future is uncertain, while Pepe Reina will be 40 in a year from now.
However, Chelsea will need to help Lazio in acquiring Kepa, with La Repubblica (via The Laziali) reporting that the Italian club can’t afford to pay more than 50% of the 26-year-old’s wages — although they’re willing to pay a loan fee — and the Blues have to cover the rest. Lazio Sporting director, Igli Tare has already surveyed the situation, and is optimistic that an agreement can be reached, especially since Chelsea don’t see a future with Arrizabalaga in the short-term.
Meanwhile, BBC Sport are reporting that Chelsea academy goalkeeper, Nathan Baxter is attracting loan interest from newly-promoted Championship side, Hull City. Baxter has also been linked with a move to League One club, Sunderland, although a loan to the English second-division is more likely for the 22-year-old, with Baxter already proving himself at the League One-level last season.