Kepa Arrizabalaga Completes £71.6m World-record Move to Chelsea
Kepa Arrizabalaga has become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after sealing a record-smashing £71.6m move to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao.
The London side confirmed on Wednesday that the Spaniard has signed a seven-year-contract after the club met the 23-year-old buy-out clause.
The fee is £4m more than £67m Liverpool paid to bring Alisson Becker from As Roma in July.
Kepa, who has played over 100 career league games, has solid experience at the highest level having made more than 50 appearances in La Liga, his quality earning him call-up to the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia
“It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,” Kepa told Chelsea’s club website.
“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League.
”It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival.
“He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years.
“His long-term contract reflects the belief we have in him and we look ahead to the coming seasons with an enormous sense of optimism.”
He becomes the sixth Spaniard in the Blues squad, joining Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Alvaro Morata.
Kepa will train with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday, and will be available for their Premier League opener against Huddersfield on Saturday.