In a recent report, The Sun stated that Real Madrid are hoping to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga permanently from Chelsea next year. However, it is understood that Los Blancos are not willing to pay more than £17.5m for the Spanish custodian’s services.
Arrizabalaga’s Impressive Loan Spell In Spanish Football
The 29-year-old is having a solid loan spell at Real Madrid after putting in a series of impressive displays as their first-team keeper. Arrizabalaga has featured in 12 matches for Los Blancos this season, conceding ten goals and earning five assists on all fronts.
The Spanish keeper deserves some credit for averaging 0.8 clearances and 3.4 long balls per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 81.3% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).
Arrizabalaga is enjoying his loan stint at the Madrid club. Thus, it is only logical for Los Blancos to try and make his loan deal permanent next summer.
Real Madrid Are Hoping To Sign Arrizabalaga Permanently: Good Move For Everyone Involved?
Arrizabalaga has got decent reflexes that help him make a few solid saves at the back. He is a good handler of the ball and can pass the ball accurately from inside his half.
The Spaniard has proven himself to be a reliable performer at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after joining from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal last summer. However, as evidenced from his spell in the Premier League, the 29-year-old is prone to making errors at the back.
Arrizabalaga has what it takes to become an ideal successor to Thibaut Courtois at the Madrid club. He has also got the confidence to nail down a regular starting spot in Real Madrid’s first team over the next few years.
At 29, Arrizabalaga has still got plenty of football left in him. Hence, he would be a decent acquisition for Los Blancos to pull off next summer.
Arrizabalaga could even help the Madrid outfit challenge for a few major trophies in the coming seasons. Thus, it will be a good move for everyone involved if Real Madrid opts to sign him permanently from Chelsea on a cut-price deal at the end of this campaign.