Bayern Munich submit opening offer to Chelsea for Kepa Arrizabalaga

Bayern Munich have this afternoon submitted an opening offer to sign Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan with a subsequent purchase option, as reported by Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg.

The 28-year-old has a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025 but with Chelsea’s recent signing of compatriot Robert Sanchez for a reported €23m, Kepa’s place in Chelsea’s goal is now under threat.

Bayern Munich’s first approach to Chelsea for Kepa comes following a report this morning that the Rekordmeister had scheduled talks with the London club. The Spaniard – who joined Chelsea from Athletic Club in 2018 for €80m – is a goalkeeper that has been recommended to Bayern’s hierarchy by Thomas Tuchel.

What about Manuel Neuer?

Bayern Munich’s pursuit of a new goalkeeper comes after Manuel Neuer suffered a leg break in a skiing accident in December. On Sunday, the 37-year-old underwent successful surgery on Sunday to have metal implants removed from his right fibula, before the player immediately resumed his rehabilitative training.

However, it’s now unlikely that we won’t see Neuer until 2024 and with Yann Sommer joining Inter Milan and Alexander Nübel spending the season on loan at Stuttgart, Bayern are in desperate need of a replacement with Sven Ulreich (35) the only competition for Neuer. Bayern Munich have been linked with several goalkeepers from Giorgi Mamardashvili and David de Gea to Kamil Grabara and Bono.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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