According to a report by Bilbao newspaper El Correo, the Blues are on the verge to sign Athletic goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The local news outlet states that Chelsea have informed Kepa that they would like to sign him, and are willing to pay the the Basque goalkeeper’s €80 million release clause.
Another news outlet, Mundo Deportivo report that Chelsea sent lawyers to work on possible deals for both Kepa and Jan Oblak, but have pursued the former after being given the green light.
Official paperwork is now due to be signed tomorrow as Chelsea close in on their man.
Sky Sources: Chelsea are interested in Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga but still favour a deal for Jack Butland, who would cost £30m compared to £70m for the Spanish keeper
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 7, 2018
Chelsea have reportedly sent the money for Kepa’s transfer fee to La Liga’s headquarters, according to the report
A deal to sign Kepa from Athletic Bilbao will allow Thibaut Courtois to complete his long-anticipated move to Real Madrid, with Matteo Kovacic heading in the opposite direction on loan.
Courtois, who is believed to be in Tenerife, is currently on strike at Chelsea as he bids to complete a move to Real.
Jack Butland and Sergio Rico have also been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge