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Athletic Bilbao confirm that Kepa Arrizabalaga's €80m release clause has been triggered

Athletic Bilbao confirm that Kepa Arrizabalaga's €80m release clause has been triggered

The imminent world-record deal for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paved the way for his exit, allowing him to move for a reported £35million as Croatia midfielder Kovacic heads the other way.

The 23-year-old Spain worldwide is now the most expensive goalkeeper of all time and will join the Blues on a seven-year deal.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is eligible to play against Huddersfield on Saturday after completing his record move to Chelsea.

Courtois will depart the west London club after amassing 154 appearances in all competitions for the Blues after starting the last four years at the club as Chelsea's first-choice goalkeeper.

Now it looks like Kovacic will be the next addition to his squad, with the final details of the loan agreement - which may include an option for Chelsea to buy the player permanently - being thrashed out.

Stamford Bridge has also agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

Chelsea have only been willing to sell Courtois once they have a replacement on the books.




Kepa nearly joined Madrid himself in January only for the deal to fall through with his price at just £17.5m.

Courtois will sign a six-year contract at the Bernabeu subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

He helped the Blues win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea.

Serie A side Napoli, then under the guidance of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, also expressed an interest.

Kepa, who came close to joining Real Madrid in January, becomes the world's most expensive goalkeeper, his fee surpassing the 67 million euros Liverpool splashed out for Roma's Alisson last month.


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