Chelsea confirm signing Kepa Arrizabalaga on seven-year contract for £71.6m

09 August, 2018, 08:59 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Reports are circling on Tuesday afternoon that Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

"The Spanish global goalkeeper arrives ahead of the new Premier League season having signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge", Chelsea said in a statement.

Neville has also given his verdict on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga joining Chelsea.

A statement on Athletic's official website read: "On Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 1202 hours (CET), the Professional Football League confirmed to us that the player, Kepa Arrizabalaga, has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the work contract that linked him to Athletic Club".

Chelsea kick off their competitive season this weekend at Huddersfield and the Blues hinted the 23-year-old would go straight into the team.

It has been said that on top of Kovačić's release on loan, Real Madrid will pay Chelsea €35 million for Courtois.

Upon completing his move to Chelsea, he said: 'It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life.

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Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to join Chelsea in a a loan deal, sources have told Yahoo Sport.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had expressed his desire to bring in another midfielder, despite the recent signing of Jorginho from Napoli.

Chelsea have only been willing to sell Courtois once they have a replacement on the books.

Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles.

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea. As a outcome, Kepa was rewarded with a new £60,000-a-week contract at Athletic but saw his buyout clause rise to £72m.

Meanwhile, Kepa will replace the Belgium worldwide in a deal that will see him become the world's most expensive goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

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