Chelsea yet to reach an agreement with Napoli for Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future at Chelsea looks unsettled, with Napoli closing on securing his services amid this summer transfer window.

According to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli have not reached a complete agreement with Chelsea over the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

The report claims that the agent of the goalkeeper will arrive in Milan on Tuesday in an attempt to close the talks over the pending deal. The agenda of the meeting will be sorting out the differences in bonuses related to a dry loan deal.

Chelsea have reportedly asked for bonuses of €1.5 million if Napoli manage to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League and €1.5 million if they end up finishing the 2022/23 season among the top four teams in Serie A.

In reply, Aurelio De Laurentiis has proposed a collective figure of €1.5 million in bonuses, with €750 thousand potentially earned by the Premier League club in the event of Napoli’s qualification for the Champions League’s round of 16 and the rest being awarded to the Blues in the event of Napoli’s top-four finish.

Napoli have reshaped their proposal recently, offering Chelsea €1 million in the event of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League and €500 thousand in case of gaining top-four status in the top tier of Italian football.

Chelsea have listened to the offers. And now, the Italian club is awaiting Todd Boehly’s response, which should reportedly arrive in the next few hours.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp and Paris Saint-Germain’s Keylor Navas have been considered alternatives to Kepa Arrizabalaga at Napoli.

GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder

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