Real Madrid has secured a season-long loan for Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea. Having been part of Chelsea’s pre-season US tour, the 28-year-old is now set to step in for Madrid’s primary goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, who is expected to be sidelined for much of the season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Since transferring from Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea in August 2018 for a record £71m – the most significant sum ever paid for a goalkeeper – Kepa has made a total of 163 appearances for the Blues. However, his position was challenged by the recent signing of Robert Sanchez, who was acquired from Brighton for £25m and started Chelsea’s Premier League opening match against Liverpool.
Earlier this summer, Chelsea parted ways with Senegal’s international goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who moved to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli. With Kepa’s departure, Chelsea’s senior goalkeeper options are narrowed to 31-year-old Marcus Bettinelli, along with younger options like 20-year-old Lucas Bergstrom and 19-year-old Eddie Beach.
Real Madrid kicked off their season with a victory, defeating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Saturday. Among the key players in that match was England’s midfielder Jude Bellingham, who joined the club from Borussia Dortmund this summer for an £88.5m fee. His contribution to the team’s success already seems promising.
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Who has Real Madrid signed on a season-long loan?
Real Madrid has signed Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea on a season-long loan.
Why has Real Madrid signed Kepa Arrizabalaga?
Real Madrid signed Kepa Arrizabalaga to cover for their regular number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who will miss most of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
What was the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper, and who was it for?
The highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper was £71m, and it was for Kepa Arrizabalaga when he transferred from Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea in August 2018.
Who started as Chelsea’s goalkeeper in the Premier League opener against Liverpool?
Robert Sanchez, a £25m summer signing from Brighton, started as Chelsea’s goalkeeper in the Premier League opener against Liverpool.
Who are the other senior goalkeepers in Chelsea’s squad after Kepa’s exit?
After Kepa’s exit, 31-year-old Marcus Bettinelli is the only other senior goalkeeper in Chelsea’s squad, alongside younger options like Lucas Bergstrom and Eddie Beach.