Chelsea make Kepa Arrizabalaga transfer decision as second bid prepared for new No 1

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has come under pressure for his turbulent form since joining the Blues two years ago and Frank Lampard plans to drop the 25-year-old to the bench next season, according to reports.

Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time when he made the £71.6m move from Athletic Bilbao.

There were high expectations of the Spaniard at Stamford Bridge but he has failed to live up to the hype.

Lampard dropped Arrizabalaga from his starting XI midway through last season and again during the import final matches.

The shot stopper had to sit on the sidelines as Willy Caballero started the crucial final-day victory over Wolves which secured a Champions League spot.

Arrizabalaga was also looked over for the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal and Champions League last-16 defeat against Bayern Munich.

It was thought Lampard may look to offload the Spain international to be able to bring in his own man.

There was also talk that Arrizabalaga could be used as a makeweight in a deal to sign Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, who has a £108m release clause.

However, the Mirror claim Lampard will keep Arrizabalaga in west London and use him as a back-up option for the upcoming campaign.

Chelsea will take their summer spending over the £200m mark when Kai Havertz completes his move from Bayer Leverkusen.

But their spending will not stop there as they are preparing a second bid for Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy, according to the Mirror.

Lampard saw his side have a £14m initial bid knocked back by the French outfit but they are hopeful of striking an agreement before the 2020/21 campaign gets underway.

Rennes are hoping to keep hold of the Senegal ace but they will find it difficult to dispel the lure of Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Blues technical director Petr Cech recently admitted Lampard is in the market for a new No 1.

He said: “Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal and this is what is being discussed now.

“But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future.”

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