BREAKING: Chelsea Activates Kepa’s €80m Release Clause

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga having activated the goalkeeper’s €80 million (£71m/$92m) release clause.

The player’s representatives and lawyers travelled to La Liga headquarters in Valencia to pay the fee, with Kepa now due to travel to London to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms.

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Athletic confirmed that the release clause had been paid on Wednesday, issuing a statement that read: “The player Kepa Arrizabalaga has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the contract that linked him to Athletic Club.”

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The Kepa deal will break the club’s previous transfer record, set last season when the Blues signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in an initial £58m ($75m) deal, potentially rising to £70m ($90m).

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It will also make Kepa the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, less than a month after Alisson joined Liverpool in a £65m (€73m/$85m) move.



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