Kepa leaves Athletic Bilbao as €80m release clause is paid by Chelsea
Kepa, Spain’s second choice keeper and considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in Europe having impressed for his country through the junior age groups, is set to join English champions Chelsea FC
Atletiic Bilbao expect 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 him to Real for only €20 million in January The Blues’ first-choice goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, is understood to have missed training in hopes of forcing a move to Real Madrid. It’s a curious twist of fate that his eventual departure from Stamford Bridge would pave the way for Kepa, who was so close to joining the European champions in January, to go the opposite way and replace the Belgian at Chelsea.
He was the undisputed standout player in Spain’s Under-19 team that won the European Championship in 2012, saving two penalties in a 3-3 semi-final shootout against France, and made his senior debut for La Roja in a 5-0 win over Costa Rica as Navas’ replacement in late 2017.the Blues face a race against time as they set to sign the young international before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday at 18:00 CEST – tasked with convincing the shot-stopper to move to England, despite Kepa having just renewed his contract.
Athletic, as it stands, are only expected to sell should Kepa’s buy-out clause be matched.which is 80 million