Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa set to make record transfer move to Chelsea

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Bilbao (Spain), Aug 8 (IANS) Athletic Bilbao’s goal-keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to be the most expensive goalkeeper in club football with his 80 million euros ($92.6 million) release clause triggered by English outfit Chelsea on Wednesday.

Athletic Bilbao confirmed the payment of the buyout clause of 23-year-old Kepa’s contract to allow his transfer to the London club, reports Efe.

The transfer fee being paid by Chelsea to buy Kepa goes past the 75 million euro ($87.2 million) transfer fee Liverpool paid to sign Brazilian net minder Alisson Becker from AS Roma in July.

Bilbao thanked Kepa Arrizabalaga for his contribution. The Spanish club pointed out in a statement on its website that Kepa has been committed to working to be part of the first team during his career with Athletic Bilbao.

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Chelsea are buying Kepa because their Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois is on the verge of joining Real Madrid.

–IANS

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