Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Chelsea signs keeper Arrizabalaga for record fee

Chelsea signs keeper Arrizabalaga for record fee

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea and has one global cap.

The fee of £71.6 million for Kepa Arrizabalaga is absurd for somebody with just one global cap and who has never played in European competition, but he fills an area of need and securing him to a seven-year deal means he will retain significant transfer value for a long time.

Chelsea have only been willing to sell Courtois once they have a replacement on the books.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC's website: "It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life". It's a great step forward in my career, and very fearless of the club to take me in.

The Belgium worldwide, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer as he helped his country to third-place, signed a six-year deal after completing a medical on Thursday.

An elegant, ball-playing defender naturally attuned to Pep Guardiola's style, Laporte became City's record signing earlier this year. The deal fell through at the last moment though, as then manager Zinedine Zidane pulled the plug before the deal could be completed.

It's ironic that Arrizabalaga is heading to Chelsea to replace Real Madrid-bound Courtois, because just a few months ago he almost simplified the goalkeeper merry-go-round by moving to the Bernabeu himself.

"In terms of the price, it's something I don't think about", Kepa said via a translator.

Arrizabalaga is only 23 years of age, composed, long and athletic. After advancing into the senior squad in 2012 his rise was steady rather than spectacular.

Kepa has limited experience for such a big price tag having yet to feature in the Champions League or make his competitive debut for Spain at global level. "I had a great time there, but now this is my club and my home".

The deal would surpass the fee, believed to be up to £66.8m, that Liverpool paid for Alisson in July.

AS said Modric, who has not commented publicly, "foresaw joining Inter".

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