Kepa Arrizabalaga in line to make Chelsea debut against Huddersfield

Thibaut Courtois

And the Blues have been tipped to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The 23-year-old Spain worldwide is now the most expensive goalkeeper of all time and will join the Blues on a seven-year deal.

Courtois, part of the Belgium team that enjoyed their most successful ever World Cup, was due to return to training on Monday, but didn't show up.

Courtois, who is now into the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, wants to move to the Spanish giants.

He has spent the past two seasons in Bilbao's first team, making 53 La Liga appearances, and has one worldwide cap.

But the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in most recent transfer windows, and tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United in 2015 only to miss the deadline. I am very happy here.

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"Those who are close to me or more know me know that I am a person who likes to analyse everything before making a decision".

"Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club".

The Blues faced a race against time as to sign the young worldwide before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday at 18:00 CEST - tasked with convincing the shot-stopper to move to England, despite Kepa having just renewed his contract.

However, after that move collapsed due to former Real boss Zinedine Zidane's wishes not to make mid-season changes, Kepa signed a new seven-year deal with the Basque side that dramatically increased his release clause and has cost Chelsea dear.

Kepa is now expected to fly to London to undergo a medical and finalise a move to Stamford Bridge, while confirmation of his arrival should also see Thibaut Courtois granted permission to join Real Madrid in a £35m deal.

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