Bilbao Confirm Arrizabalaga’s Release Clause Has Been Activated

Kepa Arrizabalaga is apparently closing in on a move to Chelsea as Thibaut Courtois

Kepa Arrizabalaga is apparently closing in on a move to Chelsea as Thibaut Courtois

The 23-year-old Spanish global has become the most expensive goalkeeper in history after completing a £72m move to Stamford Bridge.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is eligible to play against Huddersfield on Saturday after completing his record move to Chelsea.

Personal terms will now be discussed and if true, Kepa will be in London tomorrow for a medical and so on.

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"So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League".

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.

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Belgian star Courtois will sign a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, however, Navas has no plans to leave Madrid.

After being strongly linked to Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga signed a new deal with Bilbao in January which raised his release fee to 80 million from 20 million.

While the Kepa signing, on the face of it, looks like Maurizio Sarri placing trust and investment in youth, scratch the surface and the transfer smacks of a quick, thoughtless buy.

He was also in the Spain squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation as back-up to David De Gea, but has yet to make his competitive debut for Spain or play in the Champions League. As a outcome, Kepa was rewarded with a new £60,000-a-week contract at Athletic but saw his buyout clause rise to £72m.

The statement made no mention of Chelsea, but the move represents a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

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