Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga In Record Deal
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.