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Chelsea Complete Signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga for World Record Goalkeeping Fee

09 August 2018

Kepa arrives in a £71.8million deal after Chelsea paid the Spaniard's release clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract.

"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan", said the club's website.

Breaking the bank for Kepa is a drastic change of direction for Chelsea, having lost out to Liverpool in the race for Brazil No. 1 Alisson earlier this summer due to their reluctance to meet Roma's valuation of the player, who ultimately moved to Anfield for £56m.

"La Liga has confirmed to us that Kepa Arrizabalaga has fulfilled the requirements for the unilateral termination of his contract with Athletic Club", said Bilbao in a statement.

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Navas has helped Madrid to three successive European crowns but the Costa Rica international's future is in doubt after the Spanish giants agreed a deal with Chelsea for Courtois.

The 22-year old will displace Liverpool's Alisson as the most expensive goalkeeper in world football, just a couple of weeks on from the Brazilian's £67 million move to Anfield.

"It's an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has made a decision to trust me and to take me in as well".

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Courtois is set to sign a six-year contract at the Bernabeu with Chelsea swiftly replacing the Belgian.

Sandro, who saw a £60m move to Chelsea fall through last summer, is expected to leave the Allianz Stadium.

Despite that impressive signing, Maurizio Sarri's main acquisition before the deadline is set to be Kepa.

'He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years.

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Kepa nearly joined Madrid himself in January only for the deal to fall through with his price at just £17.5m.

Chelsea Complete Signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga for World Record Goalkeeping Fee