BEHOLD CHELSEA HAS A NEW £80M KEPA
Chelsea have finalised the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga having activated the goalkeeper’s €80 million (£71m/$92m) release clause
The player’s representatives and lawyers travelled to La Liga headquarters in Valencia on Wednesday to pay the fee, with Kepa now fully a chelsea player.
The Kepa deal broke the club’s previous transfer record, set last season when the Blues signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in an initial £58m ($75m) deal, potentially rising to £70m ($90m).
It also makes Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, less than a month after Allisson joined liverpool in a £65M deal
The move for the Spaniard freed up Thibaut Courtois to complete a switch to Real Madrid, with the Belgian having been Absent from training as he looked to force through a switch to Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid have been keen to bring in Courtois in a €35m deal (£31m/$40m) for some time now, where the funds expected from that transfer being used by the Blues to secure Athletic goalkeeper Kepa.
Mateo Kovacic also joins in a loan deal from Madrid in a piece of shrewd business by the London Club.The 24-year-old, who was part of the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final, made just 10 starts in LaLiga last term and will hope for greater opportunities with the Blues, although neither club made mention of the potential for a permanent transfer.
Time is against Sarri and Chelsea, however, with the transfer window for Premier League clubs closing at 5pm BST on August 9.
Chelsea get their Premier League campaign underway on Saturday with an away trip to David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town.