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Chelsea close to landing Kepa Arrizabalaga after triggering his £71.6m release clause

Chelsea close to landing Kepa Arrizabalaga after triggering his £71.6m release clause

- FA Cup champions Chelsea are said to have agreed to pay a world record fee for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper

- The Stamford Bridge outfit have been told to pay £71.6m to land the 23-year-old before close of transfer window

- They have also agreed to allow Courtois join Real in a £38m deal but after completing Kepa's deal later today

Chelsea have reportedly signed Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga in a world record fee for goalkeepers this summer.

The Blues according to the Sun landed the Spain international in a £71.6million from the Spanish League side - a fee that smashed Liverpool's record for Roma's Alisson Becker earlier this transfer window.

Maurizio Sarri has been desperate to sign a substantial goalkeeper all summer long since the refusal of Belgium international Thibaut Courtois to report to Chelsea camp.

Kepa is expected to undergo medical at Stamford Bridge today ahead of making the move which will see him become the most expensive keeper in history.

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Reports reveal the 23-year-old is already in London and will spend Wednesday completing the formalities of the deal, which Chelsea hope to announce later today.

However, the Premier League side are said to have agreed a £38 million deal with Real Madrid for wantaway star Thibaut Courtois.

But Courtois' chances of joining Real this summer is subject to the completion of Kepa's deal with the Blues.

The FA Cup champions made a move for the Spanish goalkeeper after giving up on their chances of convincing the Belgian to stay.

Having helped Belgium win bronze at the recently concluded FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia, Courtois refused to report to camp for preseason preparations.

Which led the Stamford Bridge outfit to get a deal done quickly before the transfer window closed and they trigger Kepa's release clause.

Ironically, the Spanish number two was on the verge of signing for Real earlier this year for just £17.9m - only for it to fall through at the last minute.

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Kepa claimed he rejected the move in favour of staying at Bilbao to continue his development, although there were suggestions ex-Real boss Zinedine Zidane blocked the deal.

The fall-out from that failed transfer saw the keeper sign a new seven-year contract with Bilbao, which then inserted the new £71.6m release clause Chelsea have now had to pay.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that the Premier League giants have triggered Kepa's release clause and will seal the deal soon. previously reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri suffered another setback as his pursuit for England number one Jordan Pickford hits the rock.

The Italian tactician is in the market for a new goalkeeper with Thibaut Courtois expected to join Real Madrid in the coming days.

The Blues have been linked with a number goalies including Jack Butland and Kasper Schmeichel, as well as Alisson, who joined Liverpool last week.

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