Chelsea close on Kepa Arrizabalaga deal as Athletic Bilbao announce release clause has been met

Athletic Bilbao have announced Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71m buyout clause has been met – bringing his move to Chelsea a step closer.

In a statement on their website, Athletic confirmed Arrizabalaga’s release clause had been activated and his contract terminated – although there was no mention of Chelsea.

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