Chelsea Sign Athletic Bilbao Goalkeeper For A World Record Fee

Chelsea have signed Athletic Bilbao shot stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record fee of £71m for a goalkeeper.

Kepa joins Chelsea after the club met his release clause to come and replace Belgium’s number one, Thibaut Courtois, who is set to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.   

The 23-year-old has signed a seven-year contract with the Blues and eventually becomes their most expensive player after Alvaro Morata, who arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer for £60m from Real Madrid.

The £71m price tag officially makes the Spaniard the most expensive goalkeeper, beating the £66.8m fee Liverpool paid AS Roma for Brazil’s Alisson Becker in July.  

"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 said.

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

Kepa was on the verge of joining Real Madrid in January for about £17.8m before signing a new long-term deal with Bilbao until 2025.

He spent the last two seasons as Athletic Bilbao’s number one, making 53 appearances and only one for Spain.


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