Thursday, July 18, 2019 | ePaper
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper pays Â£71m release clause
Chelsea target Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his release clause of Â£71m to La Liga, which allows him to leave Athletic Bilbao and clears the way for a transfer to the Premier League.
The deal would be a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the fee, believed to be up to Â£66.8m, that Liverpool paid for Alisson in July.
Spaniard Kepa, 23, is being brought in as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois has not reported for training and is being linked with Real Madrid.
The Belgium international, 26, was due at Chelsea's Cobham training ground on Monday, following his involvement at the World Cup. Courtois has been a Blues player since 2011, when he signed from Belgian club Genk, and was loaned to Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014.