Chelsea complete signing of Kepa as Courtois goes to Real

Thibaut Courtois

Kepa made his global debut for Spain in November, keeping a clean sheet in a friendly win over Costa Rica, and was named to the Spain squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, though he didn't play.

The fee is a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

"It is a very important moment. for me and for my career, I am happy that after a long negotiation everything has come to fruition".

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

He becomes the third acquisition of a chaotic summer transfer window for Chelsea, following the £50m capture of Jorginho from Napoli and the signing of third-choice goalkeeper Robert Green on a free transfer.

After being strongly linked to Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga signed a new deal with Bilbao in January which raised his release fee to 80 million from 20 million.

He has played 53 times in La Liga for Bilbao over the last two seasons, and made his worldwide debut in a 5-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in November 2017.

The report even goes as far as saying that Kepa Arrizabalaga will jet into London by tomorrow and will begin training with Maurizio Sarri's side on transfer deadline day - possibly making him available for the trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

"Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club".

As part of the deal taking Courtois to Madrid, Croatian midfielder Matteo Kovacic will join Chelsea on a season-long loan deal from Real.

In a 90-minute spell, Chelsea agreed to sell Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros.

Julen Lopetegui says that he is reluctant to offload Mateo Kovacic, despite the midfielder wanting out of Real Madrid.



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