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Chelsea to replace Thibaut Courtois with €80 million record transfer target

Chelsea are reportedly ready to pay Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s buyout clause  – €80 million (£71.5m) to make him most expensive goalkeeper of history. The Blues are going to replace Thibaut Courtois who joined Real Madrid in a £35m.

Chelsea have decided they are willing to make the 23-year-old the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, as well as their third signing of a chaotic summer.

Kepa was close to joining Madrid for as little as €20m in January, but the deal was blocked by then-coach Zinedine Zidane, and Athletic responded by committing their prized asset to a new long-term contract, which increased his buyout figure to €80m.

Kepa was part of the Spain squad that played in 2018 World Cup.

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