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Chelsea target Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71m buyout clause is met, say Athletic Bilbao

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Frederick Owens | 09 August, 2018, 12:27

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his 80 million-euro (71.9 million pounds) buy-out clause to break his contract with the Spanish side ahead of a reported move to Chelsea.

Breaking the bank for Kepa is a drastic change of direction for Chelsea, having lost out to Liverpool in the race for Brazil No. 1 Alisson earlier this summer due to their reluctance to meet Roma's valuation of the player, who ultimately moved to Anfield for £56m.

Just weeks after Liverpool broke the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper in a deal worth up to 72.5 million euros for Brazilian worldwide Alisson Becker, the inexperienced Kepa, 23, now inherits the title of the world´s most expensive goalkeeper.

The Golden Glove victor will then undergo medicals on Thursday and will be presented as a Real Madrid player at 1:00 PM local time.

Champions League-winning goalkeeper Keylor Navas is hell-bent on staying at Real Madrid despite the arrival of Thibaut Courtois.

In 2014 he returned to Stamford Bridge to end Petr Cech's 11-year reign as No. 1 goalkeeper and won two Premier League titles in four years with Chelsea, as well as the League Cup in 2015 and FA Cup in 2018.

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Real Madrid confirmed Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning before signing a six-year deal.

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to join Chelsea in a a loan deal, sources have told Yahoo Sport.

Chelsea have announced the loan signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

Kepa made his global debut for Spain in November, keeping a clean sheet in a friendly win over Costa Rica, and was named to the Spain squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, though he didn't play.

The Basque club on Wednesday confirmed the 23-year-old's release clause of €80million (£72m) was activated and his contract terminated, although made no mention of Chelsea.

Meanwhile, midfielder Willian continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United and Barcelona, even though Chelsea are reluctant to sell the 29-year-old Brazilian.

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