Bilbao’s Kepa pays KSh9.3 billion to seal Chelsea move


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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Germany v Spain - UEFA Euro U21 Championships Final - Cracovia Stadium, Krakow, Poland - 30 June 2017. Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizablaga dives for the ball as team mates Saul Niguez and Dani Ceballos watch. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

In Summary

  • Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his KSh9.3 billion buy-out clause to break his contract with the Spanish side ahead of a reported move to Chelsea
  • The 23-year-old is expected to sign for the Premier League side on Wednesday, with current goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois poised to move to Real Madrid

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his KSh9.3 billion buy-out clause to break his contract with the Spanish side ahead of a reported move to Chelsea.

The 23-year-old is expected to sign for the Premier League side on Wednesday, with current goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois poised to move to Real Madrid.

“La Liga has confirmed to us that Kepa Arrizabalaga has fulfilled the requirements for the unilateral termination of his contract with Athletic Club,” said Bilbao in a statement.

“(He has ended) the relationship that linked him to us since the 2004-05 season and the amount of compensation established in the contract has been deposited.”

At KSh9.3 billion, Arrizabalaga will become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, ahead of Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, who moved from AS Roma for KSh8.7 billion earlier in the transfer window.

After being strongly linked to Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga signed a new deal with Bilbao in January which raised his release fee.

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri praised Arrizabalaga on Tuesday night.

“I saw (Kepa) one year ago, my first impression was that he is a very good goalkeeper, very young but very good,” said the Italian coach after his team drew 0-0 with Olympique Lyonnais in a friendly.

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