Chelsea have smashed the world transfer record for a goalkeeper by signing Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga late last night according to The Blues’ official website.
The 23-year-old Spanish international keeper had been expected to make the move to Stamford Bridge for the past few days and it has now been revealed that a deal has been completed and Arrizabalaga could be in-line to make his Chelsea debut at Huddersfield Town in the English Premier League on Saturday.
It is thought that The Blues met Arrizabalaga’s £71.6 million automatic release clause at Athletic Bilbao, making the keeper the world’s most expensive buy in his position. The youngster has penned a seven-year contract with the South East Londoners.
Arrizabalaga spent 14 years with former club Athletic Bilbao and successfully made the step up from the club’s youth academy to the first team. Following loans with Ponferradina and Valladolid, the keeper made his debut for his parent club in September 2016.
The keeper has made 54 appearances for The Lions in the last two seasons as he has successfully claimed his place in the Athletic Bilbao side.
Arrizabalaga’s arrival at Chelsea will see the keeper fill the void left by Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois who completed his long-awaited move to Real Madrid yesterday.