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Chelsea target Kepa Arrizabalaga pays Athletic Bilbao buyout clause

AFP  |  Madrid 

said today that has paid his 80-million-euro ($93 million) buyout clause, paving the way for the international to join Chelsea as the world's most

"At 12:02 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, informed our club that the had filled the conditions to unilaterally break his contract tying him to Athletic Club," the Spanish club said in a statement.

The 23-year-old is expected to replace at for a fee that would surpass the 72.5 million euros paid Roma for Brazilian Alisson last month.

number one Courtois has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and has not returned to Chelsea training following

has played 53 times in for over the last two seasons, and made his international debut in a 5-0 friendly win over in November 2017.

He was also in the squad for the recent in as back-up to David De Gea, but did not see any playing time.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 17:15 IST