This time, the goalkeeper was brought in from Chelsea.
It wasn’t David de Gea. Real Madrid are looking for a goalkeeper to fill the void left by Thibaut Courtois. The main character was Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga.
European football transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano said on the 13th (Korean time), “Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Kepa.토토사이트
Kepa returned to Spanish La Liga after five years. He is called the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
In 2018, Chelsea spent 71.6 million pounds (approximately 121 billion won) on the transfer of Kepa, who played for Athletic Bilbao. He remains the world’s highest transfer fee for a goalkeeper to this day.
However, his performance did not match his ransom. After Edouard Mendy joined, he was completely pushed out of the starting lineup. He became a bench guard or a goalkeeper for cup competitions.
Opportunities to play in his last season increased, but only briefly. Even after Mendy left for the Saudi Arabia league this summer, Kepa’s position was uneasy. Chelsea’s new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, doesn’t trust Kepa.
It was an opportunity for Real Madrid, with Courtois out for the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. In training this summer, Courtois went down with an injury. Courtois is the goalkeeper who received the Yashin Award last year. There were no resources available to replace him right away.
▲ Expectations were lower at Chelsea.
Real Madrid was originally aiming for Hea, who came out as a free agent (FA). De Gea’s 12-year partnership with Manchester United ended in June. It was a natural parting as Manchester United did not offer a new contract to De Gea after his contract had expired.
There was no team to call. Inter Milan were interested, but De Gea turned them down.
His performance last season at Manchester United was so poor. Real Madrid decided to bring Kepa on loan after much consideration. Coincidentally, following Courtois, goalkeepers from Chelsea were to guard the goal for the second time in a row.
Chelsea replace Kepa and Mendy with Robert Sanchez. Recently, Sanchez was acquired from Brighton for a transfer fee of 25 million pounds (approximately 42 billion won).
His contract is for 7 years. It is a contract that Pochettino personally persuaded the Chelsea leadership and made it.