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Chelsea complete £72m signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga on seven-year deal

09 August 2018, 10:17 | Charlene Valdez

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

Chelsea were unwilling to part ways with Courtois unless they had an immediate, suitable replacement lined up, but made the move to let their Belgian leave and get the Kepa deal over the line before the start of deadline day.

Spain's Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in history on Wednesday after Chelsea confirmed his €80 million (£71.6 million, US$92 million) move from Athletic Bilbao.

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.

Kepa has emerged as Chelsea's preferred choice to replace Thibaut Courtois, who declined to report for training at their Cobham training ground on Monday as he attempts to force a £35m transfer to Real Madrid.


The Croatia worldwide revealed during the World Cup that he would seek a move away from the Bernabeu this summer as more than half of his appearances over the past three seasons have come from the bench.

"So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League". The Chelsea academy graduate spent last season out on loan at Crystal Palace and was largely impressive despite only scoring two goals.

According to Sky Sports, Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause has been activated and now, he could well see himself at the London club in the very near future.

Kepa could make his Premier League debut against Huddersfield on Saturday after completing a deal that director Marina Granovskaia believes will be great for Chelsea. The midfielder will join Jorginho in Chelsea's midfield who joined the Blues from Napoli.



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