Chelsea agree club-record fee to complete third summer signing

Aug 10, 2018, 00:11
Chelsea agree club-record fee to complete third summer signing

Courtois had a year remaining on his Chelsea deal and did not report for training with the Blues this week.

Kepa Arrizabalaga's world-record move to Chelsea made him the latest player to rake in a huge transfer bounty for Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid also announced it will loan midfielder Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea in a separate, but simultaneously completed, deal.

Kepa, who came close to joining Real Madrid in January, becomes the world's most expensive goalkeeper, his fee surpassing the £67 million Liverpool splashed out for Roma's Alisson last month.

Kepa signed a seven-year deal on Wednesday and could make his debut in Saturday's Premier League game at Huddersfield.

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The Blues broke the world-record fee for a goalkeeper by signing Arrizabalaga, but who exactly is the 23-year-old?

Courtois' arrival at Real Madrid threatens the place of incumbent starter Keylor Navas, who helped the team win the UEFA Champions League in each of the last three seasons.

The Times reports that Chelsea failed to add an option-to-buy clause in the contract, which is freakish because it makes it seem like the London club is content to allow one of world's most promising midfield players to develop with them, only to then let him return to his parent club a more complete player.

The Spain global is officially the world's most expensive goalkeeper after joining from Athletic Bilbao in a £71.6m deal on Wednesday evening.

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"I don't really think about the price, it's not something that's in my mind". I think we had a good end to the season even if we didn't finish in the top four. "I just hope I can adjust and adapt as soon as possible but we are all different".

"But the most important thing is to open a new page with our club and to be ready to give everything for the club".

"I arrived at Chelsea with [Petr] Cech there, and I ended up being first choice". But the youngster has impressed when given the opportunity for both club and country and seems to be a good fit for a three-man Chelsea midfield alongside Jorginho and N'Golo Kante.

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