LONDON, NNC -- Chelsea are in advanced talks to bring in Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71 million fee, which broke the world record for a goalkeeper’s price tag.
The 23-year-old player will be brought in as a substitute for Thibaut Courtois.
The deal will exceed costs which Liverpool paid for Alisson in July, which is believed to reach £66.8 million.
Reported by the BBC, Belgian player Courtois, 26, has not returned to training and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Asked about Kepa after Chelsea's pre-season win over Lyon on penalties on Tuesday, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri said, "I saw him one year ago. My first impression was that he was a very good goalkeeper, very young, but very, very good."
If an agreement is reached for Kepa, it will be a record purchase for the London club, exceeding the £58 million they paid to Real for Spain striker Alvaro Morata last summer.
Kepa is Spain's number two player behind David de Gea from Manchester United and has experience in one international match.
He has spent the last two seasons in Bilbao's first team, and played in 53 matches in La Liga.