Chelsea are reportedly having difficulty getting rid of Kepa Arrizabalaga, it's been claimed.
The Spanish keeper has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge due to a string of high-profile errors over the last few months.
Arrizabalaga's crucial mistakes have prompted Blues boss Frank Lampard to replace him with Senegal international Edouard Mendy, who was signed last month from Rennes for a fee of £28million.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is eager to recoup the majority of the £71million the club paid for Kepa's services two years ago but has yet to find any suitors.
Lampard isn't keen to let the world's most expensive goalkeeper rot on the bench and is said to have his sights on a loan deal for the former Atletico Bilbao stopper.
Chelsea, however, are also having difficulty finding a club willing to take the 25-year-old on loan.
That's according to The Sun , who claim the Blues are facing the prospect of having to pay Arrizabalaga £5million to warm the bench this season.
Interest in acquiring Arrizabalaga's services is said to be "limited" as teams are reluctant to pay his £150,000-a-week wages.
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Arrizabalaga hasn't featured for Chelsea since making a howler in the Blues' 2-0 defeat to defending Premier League champions Liverpool last month.
Lampard, however, has refused to say whether or not the keeper has played his last game for the west Londoners.
“I certainly won’t go along the point that he has played his last game for Chelsea," Lampard said ahead of the Blues' Carabao Cup fourth-round defeat to Tottenham. "I think it has been a difficult time for Kepa.
"It has been well documented, I know it and he knows it. But we should certainly not jump to that conclusion.
“Also I think, which I have felt quite strongly about in the last week, is understanding he is a young man and a lot of the spotlight on him I think has become slightly unfair.
"I have to protect him because I know he is a good lad. Playing with absolute professionalism to do the best that he can, as all the squad have to.”
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