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Chelsea star to be sold as soon as possible: Reports

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Chelsea manager Lampard is furious with the performance of team after 5-3 Liverpool loss.

Chelsea manager has had a spat with Goalkeeper Frank Lampard and wants him to leave Stamford Bridge within the upcoming weeks. Sources close to the club have revealed the Englishman is very angry at the poor performance of the Spanish shot-stopper and has made up his mind to sign a new No.1 next season.

The Blues remain in the Champions League as well as will play Arsenal in the FA Cup final in hope of silverware. But they have been inconspicuous in the defense. As Lampard wakes up after the transfer ban, a number of signings are already in his pocket. Now, he will look to strengthen the wall as well as better goalkeeping options.

Chelsea has a ‘manager’/keeper: Kepa Arrizabagala

Kepa denying his own substitution in the Carabao Cup final 2019 (source: Stock Images)

Kepa Arrizabagala joined Chelsea in 2017 for £71.6 million from Basque side Athletic Bilbao. The club parted ways with 2 important first-team players that year – Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City for £57 million and Kepa after Chelsea met his release clause.

The deal broke a few records as Kepa’s transfer became the highest fee paid for a player in that position. Previously, Liverpool had paid £66.8 million for Roma’s Alison Becker. Though their futures looked abstruse then, in hindsight, Alison and Kepa seem polar opposites now.

Additionally, he became Chelsea’s most expensive transfer, surpassing Alvaro Morata’s £60 million transfer fee. He replaced Thibaut Courtois, who has shone at Bernebau this year, in spite of a sloppy last season, with 21 clean sheets in 42 appearances. Kepa, on the other hand, has just 10 from 41 – a 50% fall.

Kepa stole the spotlight when he decided not to come off during Carabao Cup final in spite of the manager’s orders. As an irate Sarri fumed in the sidelines, Kepa’s antics couldn’t save the blues as Manchester City lifted the trophy. Chelsea legends Terry and Zola have castigated the goalkeeper since for his attitude problem.

The Blues’ forgettable defence

Chelsea in tatters in the 3-2 loss against West Ham United (source: Stock Images)

Lampard arrived with the hope to turn the tides in an optimistic direction. He worked his socks off to develop youngsters, and it did bear fruits. Stamford Bridge welcomed the rise of a whole new ‘academy dominated’ team – the likes of Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour, Reece James, Mason Mount, and Calum Hudson-Odoi.

However, their defense has been, well, unwatchable. Chelsea has the worst defensive record in the top half of the table. They have conceded 54 goals this season, one less than their worst Premier League record ever.

The Blues conceded 55 goals in each of the 1994/95 season and 1996/97 season. With 3 matches logically left (unless Chelsea topples a 3-0 lead against Bayern Munich), it will be interesting to see if this record is broken as well.

The good news, bad news and abstruse

Manchester United’s Dean Henderson has been magnificent for Sheffield United on loan (source: Stock Images)

The good news remains Chelsea are past their ban and have Abramovich’s war-chest to spend. In fact, they have already been busy, sealing the Werner and Ziyech transfers. While German teammate Leroy Sane almost confirmed Havertz’s arrival at Chelsea, Lampard will now look for defensive reinforcements.

That will begin by getting a new keeper. The bad news, however, is Kepa’s length of the contract. Kepa Arrizabagala has a contract till 2025 and it will be very difficult to get a resale value even close to his transfer fee with such statistics.

Chelsea has shown interest in Manchester United’s Dean Henderson who played for Sheffield United on loan this season. Chelsea will consider a swap or loan to buy deal for Kepa, but who do they end up on will be interesting to see.          

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