Blues Set to Break World Record for Courtois Replacement

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The Blues have confirmed that they have activated Spain global Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause of £71 million to sign him from LaLiga side Athletic Bilbao.

Chelsea's new manager Maurizio Sarri predicted after the Lyon fixture that he expects a flurry of activity from his club, who are also in talks to secure Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on loan.

"I fulfill a dream, the one I had as a child when I dreamed of stepping on the pitch of this stadium with the colours of Real Madrid, the best club in the world".

Kepa may be a relatively unknown name for Chelsea fans and Premier League watchers, but there's a reason that Real Madrid were so eager to move for him just a few months ago.

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The 24-year-old Croatia worldwide arrives at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation, but there is no official option for Chelsea to make the move permanent after the 2018/19 season.

Courtois missed training with Chelsea in the days before his move to Real was sealed and he thanked the London club for helping him grow as a player but said he could not turn down the chance to play for Real. "They are all very comfortable at the club and they have encouraged me to make the move and have an worldwide experience". The only pressure I experience is the pressure I put on myself. The Belgium goalkeeper was the victor of the Golden Glove award at the Russian Federation 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Everton left it late to make their deals, with three new faces confirmed in the final 30 minutes of the window. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club. He signed a fresh deal that would keep him at the club until 2025, with his release clause raised to €80m - describing Bilbao as his "home" and the club he believed he would develop the best at.

Just an hour or so after Thibaut Courtois had faced the cameras in Madrid, the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa was presented to the English media. I realise the game is different in England but it is also true that a lot of Spanish players already play in the Premier League and they have given me fantastic references about playing here.

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