Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have shortlisted Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as a potential long-term replacement for veteran Manuel Neuer.
The 28-year-old has had a mixed five years since joining Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in 2018 but has enjoyed a good pre-season under new boss Mauricio Pochettino. The arrival of Robert Sanchez from Brighton has put Kepa’s position as first-choice keeper in doubt, however, and the Blues have met with Bavarians to discuss a move.
Kepa Arrizabalaga wanted by Bayern Munich
Despite being dropped to the bench by Thomas Tuchel during their time together at Stamford Bridge, the German still holds a good relationship with Kepa. According to German reporter Kerry Hau, Tuchel is planning his side with Kepa as part of the team for the upcoming season with both loan and permanent moves currently being considered.
Neuer Torhüter-Kandidat: Der FC Bayern beschäftigt sich mit Kepa Arrizabalaga vom FC Chelsea!
Thomas Tuchel hat ihn empfohlen, er kann sich einen Wechsel nach München gut vorstellen.
Erste Gespräche haben bereits stattgefunden, über die nächsten Schritte wird aber erst in den…
— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) August 8, 2023
However, Bayern are also plotting moves for Ajax number-one Geronimo Rulli and Sevilla shot-stopper Yassine Bounou as they seek to find the ideal replacement for 37-year-old club captain Manuel Neueur who is still some weeks away from first-team action with a leg injury.