The rumor was already a while in the air but now it’s official: Kepa Arrizabalaga is the new goalkeeper of Chelsea. The 23-year-old Spanish Basque comes from Athletic de Bilbao. Cost: 80 million euro. A world record for a goalkeeper. This is the way for Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid open.
Kepa is just as Thibaut Courtois today in London expected. Ironically, it was Kepa a year ago, the topkandidaat to the new goalkeeper of Real Madrid. But then trainer Zinedine Zidane just kept repeating that he had no new players needed and kept the trust in the Costa Rican Keylor Navas. Kepa signed a new contract with Athletic Bilbao, leaving Chelsea now, the full pot to pay for the young talent. That made the club announced via Twitter.
Now the transfer of Kepa is completed, there is nothing that a departure of Courtois to Real in the way. The Belgian had set his sights for quite some time on a move to Madrid. Not only because he is the reigning champion of Europe can play, because his children live there.
The transferbedrag of Courtois would be around the 40 million euro. Only half of Kepa, but still a hefty sum for a player who has only one year under contract lag. If Chelsea Courtois had not sold, he was the next summer, to free left.