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Chelsea set new world record transfer fee

Chelsea have announced the signing of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world-record fee of £72million

Kepa, 23, penned down a seven-year deal with the Blues and will be the club’s number one following the exit of Thibaut Courtois.

Liverpool paid £66.8m for the services of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson which was the record transfer fee for a shot-stopper. However, Kepa’s deal has shattered that record.

The west Londoners wanted Alisson to replace Courtois, but the former Roma man was keen on a move to Anfield.

On moving to Stamford Bridge, Kepa said: “It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life.

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“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 delighted Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”

Director Marina Granovskaia added: “Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are incredibly 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.”

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About Obiwon Echi

Obiwon Echi
Obiwon is a graduate of the International Academy of Medicine and Ecology, Kyiv, Ukraine where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He is a passionate football fan and likes to work as a columnist as a part time job. As an editor in Footballwood.com, he covers news, match previews, reviews and much more from major leagues round the globe.

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