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By Chineze Ogugua

Chelsea has announced the signing of Atletico Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record fee of £71m – the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper – after he completed his medical yesterday.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa paid his release clause to La Liga yesterday morning to fast track the move and moved straight to London to sign a seven-year contract.

The Spain’s second-choice keeper replaces Thibaut Courtois who will be unveiled at Real Madrid later today.

His transfer broke the transfer fee for a goalkeeper paid for Alisson who moved from Roma to Liverpool- a record that stood for 20 days.

Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic also joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid as part of the deal that took Thibaut Courtois to the Spanish capital.

 

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