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  • By Paul Lagan

Keeper Kepa to sign for Chelsea in world record £71m deal as Courtois wins battle to exit SW6

Thibaut Courtois Photo by Paul Lagan

Chelsea have been forced to pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper £71million to land Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao.

The has been spotted in Madrid airport catching a flight to London ahead of a world-record £71million move to Chelsea.

While the Blues hierarchy would have preferred to snap up Stoke City Jack Butland for half that fee, They have been forced to back new boss Maurizio Sarri with a statement signing.

The 23-year-old is expected to have a medical at the Cobham training ground tomorrow and sign a five year deal. The transfer window for signing shuts on Thursday afternoon.

All this come on the back of Belgium goalkeeper Tibaut Courtois going on strike, by not returning to trading after his World Cup holiday.

Courtois is expected to sign for Real Madrid for £35million before Thursday’s deadline expires.

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