Chelsea have sealed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record price after offered Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
Chelsea announced a signing on Wednesday after profitable Kepa’s 80-million-euro ($92.6 million) buyout proviso — a biggest price ever for a goalkeeper.
The send was finished shortly after Courtois’ pierce to Madrid was also reliable in a understanding that will see midfielder Mateo Kovacic pierce to a London bar on a season-long loan.
Kepa is deliberate Spain’s goalkeeper of a destiny and was a haven during a World Cup in Russia. The price paid for him tops a 72.5 million euros Liverpool gave Roma for Alisson progressing this summer.
“Kepa is a talent we have dignified for a prolonged time and we are intensely vehement about his arrival,” Chelsea executive Marina Granovskaia pronounced in a statement.
The London bar had to pierce quick to move in a new No. 1 after Courtois done it transparent this week that he wanted a send to Madrid. The Belgian had refused to spin adult for training in new days, and Chelsea pronounced in a matter progressing Wednesday that dual clubs “have concluded terms for a permanent send of Thibaut Courtois theme to a agreement of personal terms and flitting a medical. Subject to a execution of a understanding Mateo Kovacic will join a Blues on a season-long loan.”
Real Madrid reliable Courtois will bear a medical on Thursday morning before signing a six-year deal.
The Belgium goalkeeper, leader of a Golden Glove endowment as a World Cup’s best goalkeeper, will be presented during 1 p.m. internal time in Madrid before attending a news conference.
Madrid’s starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped a bar win a final 3 Champions League titles. But a bar has been related with a new goalkeeper in many new send windows, and attempted to pointer David De Gea from Manchester United in 2015 usually to skip a deadline. Last season, Madrid reportedly also attempted to pointer Kepa.
Kovacic had not played most with Madrid given fasten a bar in 2015 and had been seeking a transfer. The Croatian midfielder was competing with unchanging Madrid starters Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.