Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio ‘looking to sign Chelsea Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan’ despite goalkeeper refusing to be substituted in 2019 Carabao Cup final
- Lazio are interested in signing Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan
- Maurizio Sarri, the new Lazio boss, clashed with Kepa in 2019 Carabao Cup final
- Sarri wanted to take Kepa off but the Spaniard refused to be substituted
Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly looking to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga on a one-year loan.
As reported by La Repubblica, Lazio want to strike a deal that would see them pay 50 per cent of Kepa’s wages.
Kepa clashed with Sarri when the latter was in charge of Chelsea in the 2019 Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, with the shot-stopper refusing to be substituted despite suffering with cramp.
Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio are looking to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan
Sarri wanted to bring on Willy Caballero, but Kepa stayed on, with Chelsea losing on penalties. Kepa was subsequently fined a week’s wages.
Last season Kepa lost his place in the Chelsea side to Edouard Mendy, who joined from Rennes for £22m.
Sarri was left livid after Kepa refused to be substituted in the 2019 Carabao Cup final
Kepa, who was suffering with cramp, refused to go off, with Chelsea losing on penalties
This season Kepa made just seven Premier League appearances, having featured prominently in the two previous campaigns following his £72million switch from Atletico Madrid.
Despite his significant price tag, Kepa’s time at Chelsea has been characterised by some high-profile errors.
Sarri, who was appointed as Napoli boss last week having most recently been in charge of Juventus.
Veteran Pepe Reina made 37 appearances, while Napoli also called upon Thomas Strakosha on occasion, but they are aiming to bring in a new goalkeeper.