CHELSEA are set to have a brand new man between the sticks as early as Saturday, once they kick off their season at Huddersfield.
With Thibaut Courtois having gone AWOL to pressure a transfer to Actual Madrid, the Blues look like shifting rapidly to exchange him with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Who’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and what membership does he play for?
Kepa Arrizabalaga, 23, was born in Ondarroa, Spain in 1994.
He joined the Athletic Bilbao academy on the age of ten and has remained on the membership ever since.
Kepa made his debut in September 2016, holding a clear sheet because the Basques beat Deportivo away 1-Zero.
Between 2013 and 2017 he made 22 appearances for Spain U21, along with his senior La Roja debut following later that yr in a 5-Zero pleasant win in opposition to Costa Rica.
How a lot have Chelsea provided for Kepa?
Chelsea have provided Athletic Bilbao £71m to safe the signature of Kepa.
That price would smash the membership file £60m that Antonio Conte paid for Alvaro Morata final season.
The large bid matches the goalkeeper’s launch clause and Bilbao have been unwilling to simply accept something lower than the Blues assembly it in full.
Courtois’ imminent departure can even have included Roman Abramovic to get his enterprise carried out urgently.