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Chelsea Sign Spanish Goalkeeper for World Record Fee


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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:53 GMT

Chelsea have signed Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a record breaking £71 million fee.

This deal has surpassed the record set by Liverpool - who paid £67 million to sign Alisson from FC Roma on July 20th – to make the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

As reported by Reuters, Arrizabalaga (known simply as Kepa) was brought in as replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who appears to be on the move to Real Madrid.

"The Spanish international goalkeeper arrives ahead of the new Premier League season having signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge," Chelsea said in a statement.

Club director Marina Granovsaika added that, "He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency” and added that the player’s long-term commitment “reflects the belief” Chelsea has in him.    

Arrizabalaga - who has played 53 La Liga games for Athletic Bilbao since making his senior debut - has expressed his delight at the move and said, "So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League.”

The Spaniard is expected to train with his teammates in the build-up to their opening game of the season - against Huddersfield on August 11th – but may not start for the Blues until their first home game, against fierce city-rivals Arsenal, on August 18th.