According to Spanish news agency EFE, who were on the scene La Liga headquarters in Madrid this morning, the €80m release clause payment for Kepa Arrizabalaga has been paid and has become effective as of 9:22 this (Wednesday) morning.
Kepa’s lawyers and at least one agent from Bahía Internacional, who represent the 23-year-old goalkeeper made the €80m payment in person on behalf of Chelsea.
Los abogados de Kepa depositan el importe de la cláusula en LaLiga https://t.co/BgkOjmfMZc— EFE Noticias (@EFEnoticias) August 8, 2018
With the release clause paid, Chelsea can now sort out personal terms, pay for the kid’s flight, put him through the formality of a medical, and sign, seal, and deliver him to Sarri’s waiting arms, who reportedly wants him to start on Saturday against Huddersfield already.
@ChelseaFC— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) August 8, 2018
Kepa is on his way!
And he might even debut on Saturday.
Given that Chelsea are about to set not only a club record for most expensive signing but a world record for most expensive goalkeeper (beating Liverpool’s €75m move for Alisson just three weeks ago), it’s only understandable that we want him to play as much as humanly possible.
Time to start tracking some flights.