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Chelsea sign new goalkeeper to replace Courtois

Chelsea football club after loosing Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao, goalkeeper for a £71m ($91.78 million) fee.

The deal creates a club record transfer after it was said to be the highest fee ever paid for a goal keeper.

Kepa arrives London after a release clause in his contract was met, as the deal surpasses Liverpool’s £66.8m contract deal for Alisson.

The 23-year-old signed a seven year contract at the club and replaces Courtois, who is leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.

Kepa is second choice for Spain behind Manchester United’s David de Gea.

He has spent the past two seasons in Athletic’s first team, making 53 La Liga appearances, and has one international cap.

The fee Chelsea paid for Kepa surpasses the £60m they spent in signing Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in July 2017.

“So many things attracted me to the club – all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League,” Kepa said.

 

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