The most expensive goalkeeper in the world Kepa Arrizabalaga is closing on joining Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen at Napoli, according to several reports from Italy.
The 27-year-old Spanish shot-stopper is Chelsea’s joint second most expensive player after moving to Stamford Bridge for £72 million from La Liga outfit Atletico Bilbao in 2018, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in football history only weeks after the record was set by Alisson’s transfer to Liverpool.
Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti is keen on bringing a new goalkeeper to Diego Armando Maradona Stadium to battle Italy’s 2020 European Championship winner Alex Meret for the starting spot in the post after former Arsenal keeper, David Ospina departs the club at the end of his contract in the summer.
Arrizabalaga has enabled to reclaim his number one spot in Chelsea since the arrival of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations winner Edouard Mendy after the Senegalese switched Ligue 1 for Premier League on a five-year contract in September 2020, for a fee reported to be £22 million.
According to Corriere del Mezzogiorno reports that Arrizabalaga is set to fly into Naples this week to sign a one-year loan deal with the Blues ready to fund former Atletico Bilbao star 75 percent of his salary as the Spain international currently taking £150,000 weekly wages, meaning the West London side will pay him £112,500 a week to play in Serie A this season.
Kepa also made unwanted headlines during the 18-19 Carabao Cup final against Manchester City after refusing to leave the pitch, going against his manager’s wish to sub on Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shootout but the Spanish stayed on as his side Chelsea lost the shootout 4-3 despite saving one penalty.
Arrizabalaga made 11 appearances in the Premier League over the last two seasons. With the World Cup coming up later on in the year, the player is frantic to look for a move away to play consistently in a bid to procure a spot in Spain’s crew for the competition in Qatar.
Napoli will take on Girona and Espanyol in their final pre-season before taking on Verona in the Serie A opener on August 15.