Chelsea sign Arrizabalaga for record €80 million

Chelsea sign Arrizabalaga for record €80 million

Chelsea do not generally unveil their new players, but they no longer generally break world record transfer fees either and it was impossible for Kepa to put that particular subject to bed.

Kovacic, who moved as part of the deal that sent goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Madrid, will help manager Maurizio Sarri round out the squad as the "midfielder with different characteristics" he said he wanted earlier this week.

The two clubs reached a deal reportedly worth 80 million euros and the 23-year-old Spaniard signed a seven-year contract with the 2017 English Premier League champion.

Chelsea have completed their third signing of the transfer window, breaking the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper that was recently set by Liverpool when the Reds purchased Brazil global Alisson Becker.

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m - a world record for a goalkeeper. I just want to be myself, the same as I've always been, and try to give my best for the club.

Kovacic could thrive and return to Real Madrid as a better player, while Loftus-Cheek could suffer with his first team opportunities limited.

Real Madrid have confirmed that Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning, before signing a six-year deal and being presented at 1pm local time.

The 26-year-old also has a plaque outside the Wanda Metropolitano, along with all other players to have made over 100 appearances for the club.

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It was a hard period for the London club after many headlines generated had to do with their star players leaving.

Speaking at his official unveiling Kovacic revealed how happy he was to seal a move to Stamford Bridge.

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea and has one global cap.

"All I'd like to do is to thank the fans for the last four years and for how they've supported me at Chelsea", he added.

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