LONDON: Spain´s Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in history on Wednesday after Chelsea confirmed his 80 million euro (£71.6 million, $92 million) move from Athletic Bilbao.
Kepa´s arrival at Stamford Bridge came shortly after Chelsea had agreed to sell Belgian international ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid for a reported fee of 35 million euros.
The 23-year-old has signed a seven-year contract with the English giants.
“It´s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,” Kepa told Chelsea´s 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 were forced to look for a replacement for Courtois ahead of Thursday´s transfer deadline for Premier League clubs after he failed to report back to training following his fine World Cup performances on Monday.
Courtois had just one year left on his contract and made clear his desire to return to Madrid, where he spent three seasons on loan with Atletico, to be closer to his two children.