Chelsea brought in Kepa Arrizabalaga from La Liga side Athletic Bilbao after triggering his €80 million release clause in the summer of 2018 and in the same market they allowed Thibaut Courtois to join Zidane’s Real Madrid.
The Belgium international has not impressed for Los Blancos and after a disappointing debut campaign, the situation has continued and the Spanish press and media are on the case.
Prior to signing the one-time Atletico Madrid man, Real Madrid had an opportunity to sign Kepa in January 2018. The star then had less than six months left on his deal at the Basque club.
When discussing Thibaut’s poor form, Spanish newspaper Diario AS also takes a look at how close Kepa Arrizabalaga was moving to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The current Blues stopper then had a €20m exit clause in his Bilbao contract and Los Blancos had agreed to pay that to acquire his services.
There was a total agreement with the star for the transfer and on January 4th, Arrizabalaga completed a medical with the 13-time European champions. Diario AS states ‘only the signature was missing’.
However, two days later manager Zinedine Zidane blocked the transfer and later that month the Spaniard ended up signing a new contract at Bilbao.
Considering the doubts currently around Thibaut, and that Kepa is now his country’s No.1, it’s seen as something of a mistake.
Elsewhere, the Blues midfielder Mason Mount has “a chance” of recovering from an ankle injury in time to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, according to Frank Lampard.