Kepa Arrizabalaga: Chelsea sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper in world record deal

Kepa made 53 La Liga appearances for Athletic Bilbao. Chelsea have signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m – the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper, and a club record transfer. Kepa, 23, arrives at Stamford Bridge after a release clause in his contract was met, with the deal surpassing Alisson’s £66.8m move to Liverpool. He has signed a seven-year contract at the club and replaces Thibaut Courtois, who is set to join Real Madrid. Kepa is second choice for Spain behind Manchester United’s David de Gea. He has spent the past two seasons in Athletic’s first team, making 53 La Liga appearances, and has one international cap. The fee Chelsea have paid surpasses the £60m they spent on Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in July 2017.

“So many things attracted me to the club – all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League,” Kepa said. “It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.” In January, Kepa signed a new long-term contract with Athletic until 2025, amid interest from Real Madrid. He is the second key player to leave the club this year, after Manchester City signed French defender Aymeric Laporte for £57m in January. “Kepa is a very solid goalkeeper, who can become an even better goalkeeper in the years to come,” European football writer Andy Brassell told BBC Radio 5 live. “He was deemed good enough by the board and (former manager) Zinedine Zidane to be good enough for Real Madrid, but they wouldn’t pay the clause.” A world record – for 20 days Before Alisson moved from Roma to Liverpool in July, Gianluigi Buffon had spent 17 years as the most expensive goalkeeper in world football. The 40-year-old Italian, who this summer left Juventus to join Paris St-Germain, was purchased for 53m euros by Juve from Parma on 3 July 2001.

While that record stood for 6,225 days, the fee paid for Alisson was surpassed within 20 days. Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.


Gianfranco Zola: Former Chelsea striker appointed Maurizio Sarri’s assistant

Gianfranco Zola: Former Chelsea striker appointed Maurizio Sarri’s assistant

Gianfranco Zola has managed 3 times in England since retiring as a participant – at West Ham, Watford and BirminghamFormer Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola has returned to Stamford Bridge as assistant to new supervisor Maurizio Sarri. As a participant, Zola helped the membership win two FA Cups, one Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup, one Uefa Tremendous Cup and one League Cup between 1996-2003. “For me it’s an incredible factor. I’m happy to be right here,” stated Zola. Zola, who resigned as Birmingham Metropolis supervisor in April 2017, has joined Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Australia. Fellow Italian Sarri, 59, was appointed Blues boss final week after fellow compatriot Antonio Conte was sacked regardless of profitable the Premier League title in 2016-17 and FA Cup in 2017-18. “It will be nice to achieve success with Maurizio and for the membership and I’ll give my finest, as I did prior to now as a participant,” added Zola, 52. “I’m very a lot trying ahead to the problem basically. I might love us to begin effectively and we’re all very excited to begin this new journey.” Zola made 312 league and cup appearances for Chelsea, scoring 80 instances. He has managed West Ham United, Watford and Italian facet Cagliari. Zola signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Birmingham in December 2016 however stop 4 months later after a poor run of kind.

Eden Hazard ought to take into account leaving Chelsea, says Roberto Martinez

Eden Hazard should consider leaving Chelsea, says Roberto Martinez

Eden Hazard has hinted he could depart Chelsea this summer season Eden Hazard ought to take into account leaving Chelsea with a view to further his profession, says Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez. Hazard scored three objectives for his nation on the World Cup in Russia – together with the second within the 2-Zero win over England within the third/fourth place play-off – and contributed two assists to assist Belgium obtain their finest ever end on the event. Hazard hinted after the win over England in St Petersburg that he feels it is likely to be time to maneuver on and Martinez believes he has the standard to play for the perfect groups in world soccer. “It might be the most effective time [for Hazard] to strive one thing totally different,” Martinez advised Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “He’s a participant who has maturity and a number of management. His play is predicated on expertise. Hazard performed a key function in serving to Roberto Martinez’s Belgium end third on the World Cup “Hazard may carry a brand new mission anyplace on this planet. He’s at the most effective second of his profession. He may slot in any crew on this planet. “Gamers want new challenges and new initiatives. Maybe it is a good time for [Chelsea] and for Eden [to split]. “I might be very stunned if Chelsea did not have huge affords for him proper now.” Fantasy Soccer is again! Fantasy simply bought actual.