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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wow! Chelsea Pay £72m Fee For Atletico Bilbao Goalkeeper Kepa (Details)

Chelsea have today paid £72m for Atletico Bilbao Goalkeeper Kepa and he's on his way to London now, confirms.

The Blues completed formalities with Bilbao on Wednesday after official flew to Spain on Tuesday.

Kepa is now set to arrive in London and will be announced as a Chelsea player before tomorrow's deadline.

The youngster will sign a five-year contract deal with the West London club until 2023.

He will join Chelsea as become the most expensive goalkeeper ever and replace Real Madrid-Bound Thibaut Courtois.

Kepa would even make his debut this weekend when Chelsea face Huddersfield as the new season begins.

A statement on Bilbao's website said

"The Professional Football League has certified to our entity that the player Kepa Arrizabalaga has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the work contract that linked him to Athletic Club.

“The aforementioned certification indicates that the player has expressed his desire to terminate and unilaterally resolve the relationship that joined him since the 2004/05 season and that the amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited.

“Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our Club.

“In this sense, Athletic Club will continue to work so that being part of its first team continues to be the maximum personal and professional aspiration of each and every one of the players, representatives of a unique sporting philosophy and project.

“Our future is built on a choice freely adopted in the past and that only carries a sense of pride.

"Hundreds of players and players who have considered our first team as their aspiration have served this election; and this bet is found both in those who have remained in Athletic throughout their sporting career due to their own desire, as well as in those who have had an unwanted exit resulting from the technical decisions of each moment.

“Players and players protagonists, in short, a genuine personal and collective commitment with which each of the people that make up Athletic can not butfeel connected.”

Chelsea looked at other options to replace Courtois after failing to sign Alisson from AS Roma.

Jack Butland, Kasper Schmeichel and Jan Oblak were linked but Chelsea have gone all in for Kepa.

They have been able to pay such a high price because they are due to get Mateo Kovacic on loan as part of the Courtois deal.

Chelsea had been budgeting to bring in a goalkeeper and a midfielder but with no outlay to bring Kovacic in they have been able to spend big on Kepa.

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