Kepa Arrizabalaga aspiring to become Chelsea legend

Keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

The 31-year-old only joined Chelsea six months ago, but his 18-month contract means that he has less than one year left on his current deal.

It is being reported that a deal has been agreed with Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga for a fee in the region of £71 million, which would become the record amount spent on a goalkeeper.

Thibaut Courtois signed for Real Madrid on Thursday before revealing he is keen for former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to join him at the Bernabeu.

The Spaniard's move came just weeks after Liverpool broke the record in a 72.5-million-euro move for Brazilian global Alisson Becker from Roma.

That deal contained the clause that forced Chelsea to make the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Kepa played 30 times in La Liga for Bilbao last season and kept seven clean sheets as the Basque side finished 16th in the table.

Seen as a panic purchase by some, Chelsea have addressed a position of need and have now paved the way for Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois to finally make his dream move to Real Madrid.

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"I realise the game in England is different but I've got a lot of friends, a lot of other Spanish players already playing here, and they've given me fantastic references".

"I'm coming into a club that has just won three Champions Leagues in a row and it's important to keep winning all the trophies we can", he said. "Nobody is guaranteed a starting spot and I have come here to work hard and it's up to the coach to decide the rest".

"What is questionable to me is whether Kovacic will do it".

"I hope they remember me fondly, and I wish them all the best".

On the face of it, this transfer appears to be nothing short of a calamity. "They are all very comfortable at the club and they have encouraged me to make the move and have an global experience".

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