Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga makes record transfer move to Chelsea

WION Web Team
London, UK Published: Aug 09, 2018, 01:02 PM(IST)

A file photo of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Photograph:( AFP )

With the Premier League transfer window all prepared to slam shut on August 10, Chelsea registered the most expensive signing with Kepa Arrizabalaga joining the club for massive 80-million euro.

The transfer fee being paid by Chelsea to buy Kepa goes past the 75 million euro ($87.2 million) transfer fee Liverpool paid to sign Brazilian netminder Alisson Becker from AS Roma in July.

The 23-year-old former Athletic Bilbao is being brought in as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who joined Real Madrid on a six-year contract, yesterday. 

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The club Bilbao thanked Kepa for his contribution. The Spanish club pointed out in a statement on its website that Kepa has been committed to working to be part of the first team during his career with Athletic Bilbao.

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Kepa, who has played over 100 career league games, has solid experience at the highest level having made more than 50 appearances in La Liga, his quality earning him a call-up to the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

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