The injury to Thibaut Courtois earlier this week majorly disrupted the goalkeeping market. Operations that seemed well on track, or practically closed, were stopped, waiting for the decision that Real Madrid had to make in regards to replacing their keeper.
One of them was Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Chelsea goalkeeper, who had practically closed his loan move to Bayern Munich at that time. Marca are today reporting that the 28-year-old is now opting for a move to Real Madrid.
Madrid made contact with Kepa on Thursday afternoon and the approach from Los Blancos made the former Athletic keeper hesitate, and ultimately stop his move to Bayern.
The proposed deal with Real Madrid is a loan and his departure from Chelsea is partially to do with the arrival of Robert Sánchez and the club’s intention to give game time to the new signing from Brighton.
Thomas Tuchel had called Kepa a few days ago to convince him to join Bayern, but Courtois’ injury changed everything, and Kepa could not resist moving back to his home country.
Japtej Ghura | GSFN