Kepa Arrizabalaga will be the new goalkeeper for Real Madrid, according to sources from the white club, in this 2023-24 season to replace Thibaut Courtois, who tore the cruciate ligament in his knee and will be out for the entire course. As reported by EL PERIÓDICO DE ESPAÑA, from the Group Iberian presslast Friday, from the first moment Kepa was the priority of the club to replace the loss of the Belgian, while the alternative of David De Gea, who is without a team, was being handled.
Stopped his departure to Bayern
Kepa Arrizabalaga has a record with Chelsea, but since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino at the London club, the club has made efforts to reinforce the goal, something that it has done with the hiring of the Spanish Robert Sánchez, from Brighton. Given this scenario, Bayern went to Chelsea to negotiate the hiring of Kepa, who opened the door to his departure from the blue team. But At the time that the call from Madrid came, the Basque stopped his possible march to Munich.
Bono was not an option for the African Cup
While Kepa was the priority for Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti he put the name of Sevilla player Bono on the table. However, that alternative It has not been considered by the whites because the Moroccan goalkeeper’s contract contains a clause that frees him in January to play the African Cup with his team, which made him unable to join a Madrid that cannot afford to do without its goalkeeper for a month in the middle of the season.
De Gea wanted more than a year
The other alternative was David De Gea, who has been released from Manchester United. HoweverMadrid is looking for a goalkeeper for one season because its starting goalkeeper for the next seasons and De Gea wanted a more extensive contract. That has finished defining the negotiation in favor of Kepa and Real Madrid has wasted no time, contacting the blues immediately.
Chelsea has given the go-ahead and the agreement was closing in the absence of the fringes. Kepa will arrive on loan to Real Madrid, who will take over his file, in addition to paying an amount for the loan. Besides, Londoners and Real Madrid were working around the inclusion in the agreement of a possible purchase option in June of next summer, at the end of his assignment at the Santiago Bernabeu.