Lazio considering move for Chelsea big-money signing

By | October 14, 2021

Lazio have identified Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga as a possible transfer target as the club prepare for the inevitable departure of experienced Pepe Reina.

Former Liverpool man enjoyed an impressive first campaign at Lazio and has started all seven of the Serie A club’s Serie A matches thus far this term.

But, at the age of 39, the Spaniard is certainly coming to the end of his wonderful career, with Biancocelesti sporting director Igli Tare now preparing for life without him.

Corriere dello Sport say they are considering a move for the Blues’ keeper as they look for a new long-term stopper, with manager Maurizio Sarri working with Kepa while he was in charge at Chelsea.

Kepa became the most expensive goalie in history when he completed a £71m transfer to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao three years ago, but Kepa has failed to justify his price-tag and endured a poor spell at the club.

Arrizabalaga made a number of mistakes while he was the Blues’ No. 1 and attracted criticism after defying Maurizio during the EFL Cup final in 2019, refusing to be subbed off before the game went to penalties.

But Sarri and Kepa quickly put the incident to bed and the star helped Chelsea finish that campaign by winning the Europa League.

He has made two appearances for Chelsea this term, featuring in the EFL Cup and once in the top-flight after Edouard Mendy was ruled out through injury.