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.
“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.”