Chelsea could scrap new goalkeeper transfer search in favour of new Kepa plan

Chelsea could scrap their plans to offload Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer as they favour keeping him on the books.

The Blues have been splashing the cash after six arrivals at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard.

A transfer ban prevented him from making signings last summer but he has been making up for lost time.

The new faces include Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and the latest, Kai Havertz.

But he is not done there, and a new goalkeeper was also on his shortlist.

However, it included offloading Kepa – who lost the trust of the Blues coach at the end of the season.

Willy Caballero was given the No.1 shirt, despite being the age of 37.

Finding a buyer for Kepa has proved difficult with his valuation still huge after Chelsea signed him for £72m from Athletic Bilbao.

They have also ran into problems signing a new goalkeeper, with the likes of Edouard Mendy, Mike Maignan, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Alphonse Areola all linked.

The Stamford Bridge outfit has failed to find a price that suits them for any of them, while the door was also slammed shut on other targets Nick Pope and Dean Henderson.

And instead, the Blues have a new plan in place that would see Kepa remain at the club.

The Telegraph report that rookie Nathan Baxter could be promoted to the first-team squad, who spent last season on loan to Ross County.

Lampard could use the 21-year-old in Carabao Cup games and possibly in the FA Cup.

The arrival of Havertz has set the Blues back £70m but the German is over the moon to make the switch to west London.

He said: "I am very happy and proud to be here.

"For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here!"

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