Chelsea signs goalkeeper Kepa after Courtois joins Madrid

Chelsea has signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a record fee after selling Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

Chelsea announced the signing after paying Kepa's 80-million-euro ($92.6 million) buyout clause — the biggest fee ever for a goalkeeper.

The transfer was completed shortly after Courtois' move to Madrid was also confirmed in a deal that will see midfielder Mateo Kovacic move to the London club on a season-long loan.

Kepa is considered Spain's goalkeeper of the future and was a reserve at the World Cup in Russia. The fee paid for him tops the 72.5 million euros Liverpool gave Roma for Alisson earlier this summer.

"Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said in a statement.

Real Madrid confirmed Courtois will undergo a medical before signing a six-year deal.

The Belgium goalkeeper, winner of the Golden Glove award as the World Cup's best goalkeeper, will be presented at 1 p.m. local time in Madrid before attending a news conference.

Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles. 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. Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to sign Kepa.