Chelsea agree club-record fee to complete third summer signing

Chelsea have reportedly agreed to trigger the release clause of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of his proposed switch to the club. The Spain international has been regarded as one of the best upcoming shot-stoppers in Europe and the Blues have supposedly reached an agreement to sign him amid the uncertainty surrounding Thibaut Courtois’ future.

According to The Guardian, the Blues have agreed to trigger the £71.6m release clause written into the Spaniard’s contract and this would make him the most-expensive goalkeeper in history, surpassing the £67m Liverpool paid for Alisson earlier this summer.

As things stand, Arrizabalaga has travelled with his representative to the Spanish capital and reports suggest that he has a flight scheduled for London on Wednesday morning which should witness him finalise the formalities over the move.

With Arrizabalaga’s arrival, the Blues are expected to sanction the departure of Courtois, who has been constantly leaning towards a Real Madrid move. The Belgium international has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and this may witness Los Blancos acquire him for a knockdown price of around £32m.

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