Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid from Chelsea

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga appears to be Chelsea bound

Spain worldwide Kepa became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time last night, when Chelsea announced his £71 million signing from La Liga side Athletic Bilbao.

Kepa's deal eclipsed the 72.5 million euros Liverpool paid Roma to make Alisson Becker the world's most expensive goalkeeper in July.

Seen as a panic purchase by some, Chelsea have addressed a position of need and have now paved the way for Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois to finally make his dream move to Real Madrid. The Belgium worldwide has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and this may witness Los Blancos acquire him for a knockdown price of around £32m. "I'm just going to be myself and try to give my best".

After being strongly linked to Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga signed a new deal with Bilbao in January that raised his release fee to €80 million from €20 million.

"I want to thank Athletic for the love, for the respect and for the values that they have instilled in me during all these years and that I will always take with me".

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Having spent three seasons at Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid - on loan from Chelsea - Courtois expressed a desire to return to the Spanish capital from London, missing training with his former club earlier in the week to seemingly help push through a move.

Belgian star Courtois will sign a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabéu, however, Navas has no plans to leave Madrid.

Upon completing his switch to Madrid, Courtois revealed, "Today I am realising a dream".

"Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan".

He played 21 La Liga games last season. I hope you will be very happy with them, with your children, Adriana and Nicolas.

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