Athletic Bilbao said goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga paid his €80 million buyout clause on Wednesday, paving the way for the Spain international to join Premier League side Chelsea.

“The player has shown his desire to unilaterally put an end to the relationship tying him (to the club) since the 2004-’05 season,” Athletic said in a statement.

The 23-year-old is expected to replace Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge in a deal that would make Arrizabalaga the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

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