Chelsea will let one of Kepa Arrizabalaga or Edouard Mendy leave Stamford Bridge, believes transfer insider Dean Jones.
There has been some talk about the Blues wanting to sign a new goalkeeper, meaning that one of their current shot-stoppers may need to find another club, and Jones thinks Kepa will now be concerned.
Which goalkeepers have Chelsea been linked with?
According to The Sun, Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Everton No.1 Jordan Pickford, who is currently at the World Cup with England.
The same outlet states that the west London club also have Brighton’s Robert Sanchez on their radar.
A move for the 25-year-old would make sense given that Graham Potter has worked with him before.
However, it is believed that Brighton want a huge fee for Sanchez, hence why Chelsea are also looking at Pickford.
What has Jones said about Kepa and Mendy?
Jones does not think Potter is completely unhappy with Kepa and Mendy but still expects one of them to eventually depart Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “I’m not sure he’s totally unhappy. I mean, they’re both really good goalkeepers and good options.
“I think what he is not sure of is which one is going to be the Chelsea No.1 and which one can convince him that they deserve the shirt, so I personally think that one of Kepa or Mendy will go. At the moment, it’s probably Kepa who will be most concerned.”
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Who should be Chelsea’s No.1?
Out of £150,000-a-week Kepa and Mendy, at this moment in time, you would have to say the former.
He was in exceptional form before picking up an injury prior to the beginning of the World Cup. The Spaniard even went on to win Premier League Save of the Month for October.
Mendy, on the other hand, has just not looked convincing of late. In Senegal’s first group stage game against the Netherlands, his goalkeeping was questionable and has since been criticised.
“It wasn’t that strong a shot by Memphis [Depay]. He almost pea-rolled it back to [Davy] Klaassen. He’s got to do better there,” Lianne Sanderson said on talkSPORT when discussing Mendy’s role in his country’s 2-0 defeat.
“I think both the goals were Edouard Mendy’s fault,” the former England star later went on to add.
Ultimately, when you look at the recent performances of Kepa and Mendy, who cost Chelsea around £93m combined (via Sky Sports), the Spain international deserves to get the nod at Stamford Bridge.
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