Chelsea announce world-record deal for Kepa Arrizabalaga
Chelsea have announced the arrival of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao, for what is believed to be a world-record fee for goalkeeper.
Earlier on Wednesday, Athletic Bilbao confirmed that Kepa paid the €80million (£71.5m) buyout clause in his contract.
The 23-year-old flew from Bilbao to Madrid on Tuesday for talks with his representatives and then the money was officially deposited at LaLiga’s offices to terminate his contract.
An official club statement from the Blues read: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.
“The 23-year-old Spanish international goalkeeper arrives ahead of the new Premier League season having signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
“Kepa, who has played over 100 career league games, has solid experience at the highest level having made more than 50 appearances in La Liga, his quality earning him a call-up to the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.”
Upon completing his move to Chelsea, Kepa 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.”