Kepa reveals 'so many things attracted' him to Chelsea

Courtois gets Real Madrid move as Chelsea bring in Kovacic and close in on Kepa

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

The 22-year old will displace Liverpool's Alisson as the most expensive goalkeeper in world football, just a couple of weeks on from the Brazilian's £67 million move to Anfield.

Kepa replaces the departed Thibaut Courtois and will immediately take over the No.1 jerysey at Stamford Bridge. He came through the youth categories at Genk, he made his debut with the first team in the 2008/09 season and settled there for two seasons.

Arrizabalaga, who only signed a new seven-year deal with Athletic in January, becomes Maurizio Sarri's second high profile signing since taking charge, following in the footsteps of midfielder Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli for around £50m.

"I am very happy to continue in what I consider my home", Kepa stated at the time.

Chelsea said in a statement Wednesday the two clubs "have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical". Since I was little I've been an Athletic fan and always will be. We don't know what will happen in the future but I am very happy at Lyon.

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Chelsea FC will get their Premier League campaign under way with a clash against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Athletic, all along, were only expected to sell should Kepa's buy-out clause be matched.

The Croatia global is expected to join the Blues on a season-long loan as part of an agreement which should witness Thibaut Courtois' permanent exit from the club.

However, after that move collapsed due to former Real boss Zinedine Zidane's wishes not to make mid-season changes, Kepa signed a new seven-year deal with the Basque side that dramatically increased his release clause and has cost Chelsea dear.

Chelsea's transfer window has suddenly gone from bad to slightly better as the Blues have finally completed a huge swap deal with Real Madrid.

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