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Chelsea transfer news: Sky Sports man’s shock update - ‘I got told THIS in meeting’
Chelsea are poised to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper after Athletic Bilbao announced his buyout clause had been met. The Basque club confirmed the 23-year-old's release clause of £71million was activated and his contract terminated, although made no mention of Chelsea. The fee is a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month. The Blues have made Kepa their number one target to replace wantaway Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. But Graves says that it was not always the plan to look to Spain for a new No.1. He told the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast: “I had a meeting with someone who will remain nameless. “I got told Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri were only interested in English goalkeepers, hence the bizarre Rob Green signing. “I think it’s all to do with a certain quota of having foreign and English players. “They see the goalkeeper position as an easy one to get a couple of English homegrown players. “Kasper Schmeichel would qualify as homegrown as he’s always played his football here, Jack Butland would, Jordan Pickford. “They brought Rob Green in as No.3 and I wonder if that means Willy Caballero is on his way or would he be the third keeper?” Courtois has been absent from training this week ahead of Thursday's closure of the transfer window for Premier League clubs. The 26-year-old, named the best goalkeeper at the World Cup as Belgium finished third, has one year remaining on his contract and reportedly wishes to join Real Madrid. Bilbao announced today that Kepa was on his way with Chelsea in line to take him. The 26-year-old, named the best goalkeeper at the World Cup as Belgium finished third, has one year remaining on his contract and reportedly wishes to join Real Madrid. A statement on Athletic's official website read: "On Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 1202 hours (CET), the Professional Football League confirmed to us that the player, Kepa Arrizabalaga, has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the work contract that linked him to Athletic Club. "The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited. "Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club."