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Chelsea sign Kepa in world record deal

09 August, 2018, 17:40 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga has become the world's most expensive goalkeeper

The report from France Football (h/t Express) also claims that Chelsea have the means to ensure Fekir joins the Blues.

"(He has ended) the relationship that linked him to us since the 2004-05 season and the amount of compensation established in the contract has been deposited".

Bilbao are notorious non-negotiators, only selling their players for the fees of their release clauses or for the demanded club fee. LaLiga then passes the money on to the selling club.

The fee is a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month. "My first impression was that he is a very good goalkeeper, very young but very good".

Arrizabalaga has played 53 La Liga matches for Athletic Bilbao since breaking into the team in 2016. The deal fell through at the last moment though, as then manager Zinedine Zidane pulled the plug before the deal could be completed.

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Bilbao ended up tying him down to new terms, including the eye-catching buyout clause, before finishing 16th.

"I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea", Kovacic said in a statement.

Courtois has agreed a six-year contract and Real will pay an initial 35 million euros ($40.7 million) for the Belgian goalkeeper, Spanish media reported.

"As part of the deal, Mateo Kovacic will join Chelsea on a season-long loan". A flawless type of keeper for the type of football new manager Maurizio Sarri will want to play.

There will not, however, be any obligation to buy inserted into the deal, meaning as things stand Kovacic would return to the Spanish capital at the end of the campaign.

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