Following the injury to Thibaut Courtois just days before the start of the 2023/24 season, Real Madrid were forced to make an emergency signing to reinforce their goalkeeping department.
In came, Kepa Arrizabalaga, snubbing a chance to join Bayern Munich, in favour of Real Madrid. The 28-year-old has joined the Merengues on a season-long loan from Chelsea, with no purchase option included.
Since arriving, Kepa has played only a couple of matches, but appears to have settled in quite well at the club, with his new teammates and coaches.
€25 million for permanent transfer
Real Madrid had other options on their radar, but opted to sign Kepa due to his availability on loan and the player’s willingness.
And with Andriy Lunin expected to move on next summer, when his contract expires, the Merengues would need a new deputy for Courtois, potentially opening the door for a permanent transfer for Kepa.
And, SPORT is reporting that Real Madrid already know how much they would need to pay if the wish to sign Kepa permanently from Chelsea.
The Blues price the Spanish international, who was signed for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper back in 2018, at €25 million.
But, the report adds that Real Madrid will not look to spend more than €18 million on Kepa, his current market value, if they do decide to pursue his signing.
Kepa open to permanent move
Meanwhile, Kepa has already admitted that he would be very much open to making his transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid permanent, despite the competition he would face from Courtois.
“I just arrived, I’ve been here for two weeks. I would be delighted to stay. There are many things to see and there is a lot of time left, but I’m always willing to fight, to improve,” he had said earlier this month.
Kepa will be entering the final year of his contract at Chelsea next summer and as such, the possibility of Real Madrid exploring a bargain deal exists.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.