Chelsea Sign Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga In Record Deal

The Day After - - SPORTS SNIPPETS -

Chelsea shattered the world-record fee for a goal­keeper with an 80-mil­lion euro swoop for Ath­letic Bil­bao’s Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga last fort­night as the Premier League trans­fer win­dow pre­pared to slam shut. While the rest of Europe’s lead­ing leagues don’t close the win­dow un­til later in Au­gust, Eng­land’s top-flight clubs have un­til 1600GMT on Thurs­day to wrap up their busi­ness. That set the stage for a dra­matic day of wheel­ing and deal­ing across the coun­try, with Chelsea get­ting the ball rolling on.

In a 90-minute spell, Chelsea agreed to sell Bel­gian goal­keeper Thibaut Cour­tois to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 mil­lion eu­ros. Chelsea added in a state­ment that sub­jects to the com­ple­tion of the Cour­tois deal, Croa­t­ian mid­fielder Ma­teo Ko­vacic would join the Blues from Real on a sea­son-long loan. Then it was an­nounced that 23-year-old Kepa had penned a seven-year con­tract with Chelsea.

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