Kepa pays 80m euro release fee ahead of record Chelsea move

Tanya Simon
August 9, 2018

The deal will also see Croatia worldwide Mateo Kovacic join Chelsea on loan for the duration of the 2018-19 season.

Arrizabalaga and Kovacic are on the verge of becoming Chelsea players, and you'd expect that the both of them will have considerable roles to play under Maurizio Sarri.

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Just weeks after Liverpool broke the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper in a deal worth up to 72.5 million euros for Brazilian worldwide Alisson Becker, the inexperienced Kepa, 23, now inherits the title of the world´s most expensive goalkeeper.

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.

The Star report that the Blues have triggered the 23-year old Spaniard's release-clause, which is a goalkeeper world-record - £72 million.

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Courtois spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, before becoming the Blues' number one in 2014-15.

"Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we're extremely excited about his arrival", she intimated to Chelsea's official website.

Chelsea are now expected to announce Kepa Arrizabalaga as Courtois's replacement.

The 22-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons and he was shipped out on loan to Crystal Palace last term.

Arrizabalaga, who made his full worldwide debut for Spain against Costa Rica in a November friendly past year, will feel he has plenty to prove at Chelsea, as he attempts to live up to his remarkable price tag.

As displayed by Manchester City's Ederson, whose previous world record fee now looks like a bargain, a keeper that can be composed under pressure and deliver smart passes is a huge advantage to have in the Premier League.

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