Athletic Bilbao said on Wednesday that Kepa Arrizabalaga paid his 80m-euro buyout clause, paving the way for the Spain international to join Chelsea as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, AFP reports.
The 23-year-old is expected to replace Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge for a record fee that would surpass the 72.5 million euros Liverpool paid Roma for Brazilian Alisson last month.
“La Liga informed our club that the player, Kepa Arrizabalaga, had met the conditions to unilaterally break his contract that linked him to Athletic Club,” the Spanish side said in a statement.
“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.”
In Spain, instead of the buying club paying the selling club the amount set by the contract, the player must buy himself out.
This is done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga to release the player.