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Chelsea in advanced talks to sign Kepa from Athletic Bilbao

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

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It is understood the 23-year-old – a Spain international with one cap – would cost the Blues £71.6m, which would be a world-record fee for a ‘keeper.

Speaking after Chelsea’s pre-season friendly win over Lyon, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: “I saw him one year ago.

Reports in Spain on Tuesday evening have gone as far as to say that Chelsea’s intentions are to fly the player to London on Wednesday and have him train on Thursday, with the hope he could make his debut in their season-opener against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Earlier on Tuesday, a News reported that Kepa had emerged as a new target for the Blues as they look to find a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who has told the club he wants to leave and join Real Madrid.

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