According to multiple reports in the Spanish media this afternoon (see the Tweet below), Premier League giants Chelsea are ready to pay the release clause of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, as they prepare for life without Thibaut Courtois.
On the move
Blues’ shot-stopper Courtois is widely-expected to make the move to La Liga giants Real Madrid imminently, with updates in both Spain and England yesterday afternoon having suggested that the Belgian is pushing harder than ever before for a deal to be completed:
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) August 6, 2018
As such, the Chelsea board look set for a busy couple of days before the Premier League transfer window slams shut on Thursday, with the capital giants already scrambling in their search to secure a deal for a new goalkeeper.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that the Blues had identified Stoke City’s Jack Butland as their no.1 target to replace Courtois, but, as per huge updates stemming from the Spanish press this evening, another shot-stopper in fact looks all set to make his way to Stamford Bridge imminently.
The player in question is highly-regarded Athletic Bilbao star Kepa Arrizabalaga, who, coincidentally, has also been heavily linked with Real Madrid.
The 23-year-old once-capped La Roja international has long been viewed as one of the finest young talents in all of Spanish football, with many viewing the Bilbao youth product as the eventual heir, or even challenger to David De Gea between the posts for Spain’s national team.
And, as per reports from the reliable Alfredo Martinez and more this afternoon, Kepa is set to ply his club trade in the Premier League from next season on, amid widespread claims that Chelsea will pay the talented shot-stopper’s 80 million Euro release clause tomorrow:
El Chelsea pagará mañana los 80 m € por Kepa mañana en la LFP. Contado por @AlbertoPereiro
— Alfredo Martínez (@Alfremartinezz) August 7, 2018