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Atletico Madrid Set To Challenge Newcastle For Under Fire Spanish Goalkeeper

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Following the signing of Senegalese goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, Spanish international Kepa Arrizabalaga has played a back up role at Stamford Bridge in the last 12 months with Mendy well established as the Blues No.1 choice in goal.

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The Spanish shot stopper became the most expensive goal keeper in world football after moving to Chelsea in a £72m move from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.


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Due to his lack of first team football, both Kepa and Chelsea are open to an exit in the coming months, with the club setting their current asking price at £50m.

With the World Cup set to hold later this year and the player behind David De Gea and Unai Simon as first choice goalkeeper for the Spanish national team, the player risk being dropped from the squad entirely unless he can start playing regularly.

Spanish La Liga side, Atletico Madrid are said to be interested in signing the player in the summer as a long term replacement for their first choice goalkeeper, Jan Oblak.

Oblak, who used to be reliable has been putting in a not so assured performances lately and coupled with his growing age, the Los Rojiblancos could be looking to bring in a young goalkeeper to serve as competition and also replace him in the team.

English Premier League side, Newcastle United are also said to be eyeing the keeper as they look to transform their squad into a formidable side that can challenge on all fronts following their recent takeover by PIF, a saudi-state backed company that has been on a spending spree since their takeover.

The player has come under fire recently after ballooning his penalty kick, that gave Liverpool the Carabao cup against Chelsea and could further push him towards the exit door.

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Atletico Madrid are set to open contract talks with their player, Hector Herrera over renewing his contract with the club for at least a year with an option for another year.

The Mexican international joined Los Rojiblancos on a free transfer from Porto in 2019 but he has predominantly played a bit part role since then, with just 20 La Liga starts in his first two seasons has demonstrated his squad role as he entered the final year of his contract at the start of 2021/22.

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Herrera has previously stated there has been no specific talks over his future, as he keeps an open mind in the coming months, with other offers from Major League Soccer set to come in.

But his recent performances seems to have convinced the club to offer him a new deal but it is left to be seen if the player will accept as it’s almost certain that he would still continue his role as a squad player and not as a first eleven player with the likes of Marcos Llorente, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Koke and Rodrigo De Paul usually ahead of him.

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