Chelsea sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for world-record £71m fee

Thibaut Courtois

It is being reported that a deal has been agreed with Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga for a fee in the region of £71 million, which would become the record amount spent on a goalkeeper.

Now, Sunday Times reporter Castles is claiming that Real Madrid have offered Chelsea FC the chance to sign Croatia star Kovacic in order to speed up a deal for Courtois.

The highly rated Spain worldwide was announced as signing a seven-year deal at Stamford Bridge just hours after the club confirmed the sale of Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid pending the completion of a medical.

As far as it is known, Chelsea does not have a loan agreement on the option of buying a contract, either compulsory or optional.

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The London club had to move fast to bring in a new No. 1 after Courtois made it clear this week that he wanted a transfer to Madrid.

The figures involved in the goalkeeping merry-go-round don't make much sense from a Chelsea point of view and the Kepa deal isn't the only curious aspect of their summer business.

"Subsequently, Courtois will go out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid C.F. jersey and will speak to the media in the press room".

"It's a very important decision for me, for my career and for my personal life", he explained to Chelsea's club website.

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"His long-term contract reflects the belief we have in him and we look ahead to the coming seasons with an enormous sense of optimism".

Since joining, Navas has won three Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup trophies, two UEFA Super Cups, a LaLiga and Spanish Super Cup title.

The Basque club confirmed the 23-year-old's release clause has been activated and his contract terminated, although there is no mention of Chelsea.

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