Bilbao confirm Kepa £71m release clause met as Chelsea pull off stunning deal

first_img possible xi ALTERED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Kepa is due in London on Wednesday to finalise his switch to Stamford Bridge.A statement on Athletic’s official website read: “On Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 1202 hours (CET), the Professional Football League confirmed to us that the player, Kepa Arrizabalaga, has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the work contract that linked him to Athletic Club.“The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited.“Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club.”Chelsea’s fee for Kepa will surpass the previous record amount paid for a goalkeeper, which was only set in July when Liverpool paid £67m to sign Alisson Becker from Roma.The deal will also make him Chelsea’s record signing.The Blues made their move for the Spaniard, who has been capped once at senior international level, after agreeing to sell Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. smart causal Thibaut Courtois is heading out of Stamford Bridge after seven years Courtois was due to return to training this week following his exploits at the World Cup with Belgium, but he has failed to show.Chelsea have now agreed to grant the 26-year-old his dream of a move to the Bernabeu.Real Madrid are expected to pay a fee in the region of £35million for Courtois, who has just one year remaining on his contract.The Belgian, named the best goalkeeper at the 2018 World Cup, has been with Chelsea since 2011 and made 154 appearances for the club. silverware 2 gameday possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Premier League News Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED 2 Kepa has been with Bilbao since the age of ten How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Chelsea will make Kepa Arrizabalaga the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.Athletic Bilbao have confirmed the 23-year-old’s release clause – in excess of £71million – has been activated. There is set to be further business between Chelsea and Real Madrid, with midfielder Mateo Kovacic expected to join Maurizio Sarri’s squad.Speaking on Wednesday, Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui confirmed the Croatian was looking for a move.He said: “It’s true that Mateo has expressed his desire to leave. I’ve expressed my desire for him to stay. If he leaves, we’ll see how we organise things.“The solution that we’d look for at the right time would be a player at Kovacic’s level, someone who is a top-level footballer.“To compete all the objectives we’ve got, we need a balanced squad.”Lopetegui was less willing to speak about Courtois, however.When asked about the ‘keeper, he responded: “I always say that I’m not talking about players who are not at Real Madrid.”last_img read more

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