Chelsea tipped to sign Serie A goalkeeper to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga

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Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski would be a good replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea, says Italian football expert Gabriele Marcotti. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly keen on replacing Kepa as his No 1. The Spain international was dropped for last Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester.

Willy Caballero played in Kepa’s place though the 38-year-old is also likely to leave the club in the summer, with his contract at Stamford Bridge coming to an end.

Marcotti says Lampard’s decision to axe Kepa will have two outcomes – either he comes back into the side “more humble” or he is sold at the end of the season.

And he reckons Dragowski would be an ideal candidate to step into his shoes.

Dragowski, 22, has been a regular starter for Fiorentina this season.

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“I think Lampard came out and said it was something he’d been thinking about for a while, dropping [Kepa],” Marcotti said on The Headline Makers.

“I think this is where we have to take a step back and recognise what we don’t know.

“So if you’re Frank Lampard and you make that decision and you drop him in favour of a guy who’s not going to be there next year, because Willy Caballero’s contract is expiring, with all due respect he’s a good guy but…

“You’re going out on a limb, so either you want to go to war and you have to be sure you can win and you’ve got to be 100 per cent sure that Kepa’s going to come back, wind his neck in as some people say, be a little bit more humble, come onboard with your message or you have to be prepared to ditch him in the summer.

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“And then you get alright they’re already going to lose money on the £70m-odd they spent for him, through the magic of amortisation given that he’s 25 years old and he’s got a long-term contract, you really only need to probably get between £45m-£50m-£55m, get his wages off the bill and you’re okay and then you can spend that money to get a good keeper.

“I would get Dragowski from Fiorentina but what do I know?”

Lampard explained his decision to play Caballero in place of Kepa after the 2-2 draw at Leicester.

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“You make decisions every week and every day in this job. No decision is easy,” he told Chelsea TV.

“When it comes to a goalkeeper you probably do give it a little bit more thought and a bit more time, especially if someone seems to be the designated number one.

“That can’t be the end of the story. We have to be competitive.

“Willy trains well, he acts well and he played well against Hull last week. I decided to stick with him.”

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