Chelsea have smashed Liverpool’s record for the highest transfer fee for a goalkeeper after having paid the £71.6million release clause fee to Spanish club, Athletic Bilbao for their goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Blues have also finally agreed to a £38million fee from Real Madrid to sell wantaway goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois.
Kepa who is currently in London and is set to undergo a medical at Stamford Bridge ahead of the move that will see him as the most expensive goalkeeper in football history breaking the £67.million Liverpool paid for Alisson Becker from AS Roma last month.
UK newspaper, the Sun reported that once the deal is completed, Courtois will fly to Real Madrid for a medical ahead of his switch to Santiago Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old was on the verge of signing a £17.9m deal with Madrid last season but the deal failed to materialize at the last minute as Kepa insisted he will remain with Bilbao to continue his development.
The purported deal saw the goalkeeper signing a new seven-year deal with Bilbao who infused a new £71.6m release clause a price Chelsea have now had to pay.
Chelsea coach, Maurizio Sarri had on Tuesday night after their pre-season game against Lyon said he is not concerned about the move as he wants to focus more on returning to training with the whole of his squad for the first time since he took over from Antonio Conte.