Chelsea may be making a mistake breaking the world record for a goalkeeper in order to land Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Athletic Bilbao player’s release clause is so high after the star signed a new deal with the Basque club, following interest from Real Madrid – but one former Chelsea stopper is worried.
Mark Schwarzer said that while there is no doubt Kepa is talented, he is very young and could take some time to settle in to the Premier League.
“Kepa is a huge talent,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s Spain’s number two and he looked a certainty to go to Real Madrid only in January. There’s huge expectation in Spain on this guy.
“Any transfer is a risk, however I think this is a big one.
“You don’t know if he’s going to settle quickly. You look at a lot of Spanish players who have come to England, it’s taken a bit of time, particularly with goalkeepers.
“David de Gea is the most notable one, it took him 18 months to settle. You talk about Alisson and £67m to Liverpool – at least he’s number one for Brazil.
“He played at a massive club like Roma, fighting for league titles, playing in the Champions League and at the World Cup. Whereas Kepa has limited experience – he only has one cap for Spain.
“Yes, Chelsea do buy players for the future and often loan them out, but to bring in a player of this nature and for that sort of money, he is expected to play immediately.”
Chelsea have little choice when it comes to Courtois, who has essentially forced a move away from the club.
The Belgium stopper, the Golden Glove winner at the World Cup has even gone AWOL in recent days, refusing to even return to training.