Chelsea have broken the world record fee for a goalkeeper by spending £71.6m on Athletic Bilbao’s shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. He has been bought to replace Thibaut Courtois who joined Real Madrid yesterday for only £35m, which is an excellent bargain for the Spaniards, if you can call such a huge amount of money a bargain. Kepa is 23 years old and has made one appearance for Spain and has made 193 appearances for Bilbao, Real Vallalodid, Basconia and Ponferradina, so he is a fairly experienced ‘Kepa’. He has signed a seven year contract, which shows that Roman Abramovich has placed a lot of confidence in him. In my opinion, they were right to let Courtois go as he clearly wanted to leave and I think Kepa will be good in the long run, but I have a feeling he will start off like David de Gea did for Manchester United under the pressure of the huge price tag.
In other news, Manchester City have signed 19 year old Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City, who was the youngest player at this year’s World Cup and made a few appearances for Australia. Chelsea have also completed the loan signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.