Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Bilbao Confirm Arrizabalaga’s Release Clause Has Been Activated

Bilbao Confirm Arrizabalaga’s Release Clause Has Been Activated

Chelsea, meanwhile, have already secured their replacement for the big Belgian in the sticks after triggering the £71 million release clause for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 23-year-old Spain global is now the most expensive goalkeeper of all time and will join the Blues on a seven-year deal.

Personal terms will now be discussed and if true, Kepa will be in London tomorrow for a medical and so on.

Courtois had stayed away from Chelsea's training ground this week as he tried to force through a move.

Real Madrid also confirmed the deal, revealing that the Belgium goalkeeper will put pen to paper on a contract that takes him up to the end of the 2023-4 season.

Chelsea FC and Real Madrid announced Wednesday on their respective websites they've agreed to transfer the star goalkeeper from the Premier League club to the Spanish giant.

The Croatia worldwide is expected to join the Blues on a season-long loan as part of an agreement which should witness Thibaut Courtois' permanent exit from the club.

Real Madrid have confirmed that Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning, before signing a six-year deal and being presented at 1pm local time (midday BST).

While the Kepa signing, on the face of it, looks like Maurizio Sarri placing trust and investment in youth, scratch the surface and the transfer smacks of a quick, thoughtless buy.

Kepa, who joined Athletic at the age of 10, was part of the Spain squad that lost to Germany in the final of the Under-21 European Championship in 2017 and was also part of the senior group at the 2018 World Cup, alongside David De Gea and Pepe Reina.

Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles.

Kepa had been with Athletic since 2004, rising through the youth ranks.

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

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