Chelsea sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for world-record £71m fee

Chelsea sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for world-record £71m fee

The Belgium worldwide has been yearning to return to Madrid to be close with his children and the Blues have granted him the wish after agreeing upon a club-record fee to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. Chelsea will now reportedly receive a cash fee and midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan as part of a deal to send Courtois to Real.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bilbao confirmed that Kepa had paid his buyout clause at the league´s headquarters in Madrid to free him from his contract with Athletic.

Speaking last week, new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri revealed that he still wanted one more midfielder to round out his squad before the deadline.

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The Spaniard becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, replacing Brazilian Alisson who completed a 75 million-euro move to Liverpool last month from AS Roma.

The Spain worldwide, 23, has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge and joins the Blues for £71m - a world record fee for a keeper.

The 26-year-old is poised to sign a six-year deal with the 13-time European champions and be officially unveiled as a Los Blancos at 12:00 BST time on Thursday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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"It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life", Kepa told the club's official website.

He wrote on Instagram: 'I fulfilled a childhood dream playing in the Premier League, therefore I am really proud that we were able to win two Premier League titles, a League Cup and a FA cup!

Courtois had long expressed his desire to move to Madrid, where his family still reside from three seasons spent on loan with city rivals Atletico.

Chelsea will open the new Premier League campaign at Huddersfield on Saturday.

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The France global struggled to establish himself under Antonio Conte upon his £40 million ($51.7m) arrival from Monaco, and Goal understands intermediaries from the Blues have met with Rossoneri officials to secure a move for the 23-year-old.

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