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Chelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for the outgoing Thibaut Courtois, who has failed to report for training for a second day in succession and is expected to sign for Real Madrid this month.
Arrizabalaga, Spain’s second choice and considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in Europe having impressed for his country through the junior age groups, has a release clause set at 80m Euros (£71.6m). Bilbao are braced to lose the 23-year-old, who has travelled to Madrid with his agent ahead of a flight to London around 10am on Wednesday, having come close to selling the youngster to Real for only £17.9m in January.