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DONE DEAL: Chelsea complete world-record deal for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa

Chelsea have completed the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a world-record fee of £71.6m.


The 23-year-old Spaniard becomes the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, a month after Liverpool broke the record after paying £67m for Alisson.

With Thibaut Courtois set to join Real Madrid on Thursday, the Blues decided to trigger the huge release clause in Kepa's contract.

Upon completing his move to Chelsea, he said: “It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life.

“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It's an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well."

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