“I want to go to Munich” GK who refused to be replaced, will Kim Min-jae be his teammate?
A new goalkeeper also wants to join Bayern Munich.
“Kepa Arrizabalaga (28, Chelsea) wants to move to Munich,” according to German outlet Sky Sports Germany on Wednesday. Kepa has recently been linked with a move to Munich as a replacement for Manuel Neuer.
Kepa joined Chelsea in 2018 from Athletic Bilbao. The goalkeeper was a rushed signing to fill the void left by Thibaut Courtois. His £80 million buyout clause made him the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
However, he did not perform as well as expected. Frequent mistakes led to goals. A number of shaky performances led Chelsea to look for a new goalkeeper. He also made a lot of noise in 2019 when he made a surprise move. The Blues were in the final of the Carabao Cup in England and facing a penalty shootout with Manchester City. Mauricio Sarri wanted to replace Kepa with Willy Caballero in the starting lineup to prepare for the penalty shootout, but Kepa made an unusual move by refusing to be replaced. Sarri was furious, and Kepa took the penalty kick, but couldn’t prevent the loss.
He then lost his place in the starting lineup as Édouard Mendy came on. Mendy played a revolutionary role in helping Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in the 2020-21 season.
But the following season, Mendy’s mistakes became more frequent, and Kepa seized the opportunity. He stabilized and regained his place in the starting lineup.
His continued performances have attracted the attention of Munich this summer. The Bavarians are looking for a replacement for Neuer, who was injured while skiing last season. According to local media, Neuer’s injury is expected to be prolonged and a replacement will be needed this summer.스포츠토토
In this situation, Kepa wants a move. However, it remains to be seen if Chelsea will let him go. Chelsea signed goalkeeper Robert Sanchez from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer transfer window. Sanchez is likely to become Chelsea’s number one if Kepa leaves. However, it’s unclear if Chelsea will trust Sanchez to let Kepa go, as he was a backup goalkeeper for Brighton until the end of last season.