Kepa Arrizabalaga in line to make Chelsea debut against Huddersfield

Kepa Arrizabalaga in line to make Chelsea debut against Huddersfield

Chelsea tonight confirmed the club record £71 million signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

Athletic confirmed on Wednesday that the 23-year-old's release clause of 80million euros (£71m) was activated and his contract terminated, although made no mention of Chelsea.

Neville has also given his verdict on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga joining Chelsea.

Courtois has been on strike this week in an effort to force Chelsea to sell him, and the team relented after lining up Kepa Arrizabalaga as his replacement.

Now it looks like Kovacic will be the next addition to his squad, with the final details of the loan agreement - which may include an option for Chelsea to buy the player permanently - being thrashed out.

Navas has helped Madrid to three successive European crowns but the Costa Rica international's future is in doubt after the Spanish giants agreed a deal with Chelsea for Courtois.

Kepa told the club's website "It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life".

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Courtois is set to sign a six-year contract at the Bernabeu with Chelsea swiftly replacing the Belgian.

He helped the Blues win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

He was also in the Spain squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation as back-up to David De Gea, but has yet to make his competitive debut for Spain or play in the Champions League.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had expressed his desire to bring in another midfielder, despite the recent signing of Jorginho from Napoli.

Kepa had been with Athletic since 2004, rising through the youth ranks.

The buyout clause eclipses Chelsea's previous record transfer fee, the €65.5m (£58m) they paid Real for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata last summer.

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