Chelsea have broken the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper by signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71.6m on a seven-year deal.
The 23-year-old arrives on the eve of Thibaut Courtois` departure from Stamford Bridge, with the Belgian set to be unveiled at Real Madrid on Thursday after he undergoes a medical.
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Having activated Kepa`s release clause earlier on Wednesday, Chelsea`s £71.6m deal surpasses the £67m Liverpool spent to bring Alisson Becker to Anfield earlier this summer.
Kepa will train with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday, and will be available for their Premier League opener against Huddersfield on Saturday.
It`s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life, Kepa told Chelsea`s club website.
So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It`s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.
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Kepa featured 30 times for Athletic in La Liga last season, keeping seven clean sheets, with his form earning him a call-up to Spain`s World Cup squad after making his national team debut last November.
He becomes the sixth Spaniard in Chelsea`s squad, joining Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival.
He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years.
His long-term contract reflects the belief we have in him and we look ahead to the coming seasons with an enormous sense of optimism.
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