‘It’s a tough sell, a number thing’ – former Blues goalkeeper Green

Tue 22 December 2020 | 9:58

Former Blues shot-stopper Green admits that it will be difficult to find a new home for the Spaniard.


are having a tough time selling

Kepa Arrizabalaga

, according to

Robert Green

, given the recent poor performances that the £71 million ($95m) goalkeeper have had resulting in a lack of interest of other clubs in the January transfer window.

The Chelsea boss is seeking out a club willing to sign with the 26-year-old in January. With

Eduard Mendy

joining to replace him every now and then, Kepa is climbing down the pecking order at Chelsea.

The Spain international may find a new team in 2021, playing regularly. However, finding suiters may be a little tricky, and Green worries that even a loan would not be possible.

It’s a tough sell. It’s a numbers thing,

” former Blues keeper Green said.

Chelsea and [their director] Marina Granovskaia are not in the business of losing money.

“They have an asset which is depreciating greatly but with football clubs in the financial state they’re in, it’s going to be tough to put something together.

“I’m not even talking just about selling, even a loan is going to be a struggle.

“The transfer fee and the wages [believed to be around £170,000 a week] is the biggest obstacle to resolving the situation.”

 “Someone has to have a real shortage and if someone goes, then a slot from the selling club also has to be filled. That’s why it rarely happens. 

“If you’ve got money to spend on fees and wages in January, invariably, you will spend it on a striker or an attacking player. You’re usually covered for keepers in a season, so to need one is unlikely and on the financial side of it, it is very rare you spend your budget on a keeper.

“If you’re a club, especially one struggling at the bottom, your main thinking is, ‘I don’t need someone to save me 15 goals’. You’re thinking, ‘I want one to score 15 goals’.

“This mindset exists because, as a keeper, you’re not seen to be creating something — you’re just stopping something. If you make a save, people will say ‘he should have saved that’. It’s quickly forgotten. Should a striker do a bit of skill and fire one in from 25 yards, people think, ‘If he does stuff like that a number of times, we stay up, achieve our ambitions’.”

source: SportMob

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