La Liga side Valencia are reportedly
looking to test Chelsea's resolve over Kepa Arrizabalaga by making a
move for the goalkeeper ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Spanish outlet Sport report that Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen
looks set to leave the Mestalla in the off-season, and Arrizabalaga is
being eyed up as a potential replacement.
The Spaniard remains the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, with
the Blues having paid Athletic Bilbao £71 million for his services in
2018, but Frank Lampard remains unconvinced by the 25-year-old.
The Spaniard was warned that his place in the starting line-up was
not to be taken for granted when Lampard dropped him earlier in the
Arrizabalaga has since reclaimed his starting berth from Willy Caballero, who
this week signed a new deal at Stamford Bridge after his one-year
contract extension was exercised by the club.
Arrizabalaga clashed with former coach Maurizio Sarri in his first season at
Stamford Bridge after infamously refusing to be substituted in the
League Cup final, while Lampard described his relationship with Arrizabalaga in
February as "fine".
Arrizabalaga has also revealed that he never took Lampard's decision to drop him personally.
"The relationship with Frank is very good," Arrizabalaga told Marca (via the Metro). "He has shown me confidence from the first moment.
"He must make decisions, but I feel I have his confidence, both his
and that of the whole club. We all like to play in every game."
If Valencia lay an offer down for the player to return to more
familiar surroundings it may be tempting for Arrizabalaga and Lampard alike.
- TEAMtalk media