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Chelsea’s move for Kepa Arrizabalaga seemingly edges closer.

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga's £71million buy-out clause at Atletico Madrid is met
  • Wolves spend club-record £18million on Middlesbrough's Adama Traore
  • Man Utd to keep Paul Pogba and Spurs eye first signing

Chelsea are on the verge of signing Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in a world record deal.

The Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday morning that the 23-year-old’s 80million euros (£71m) buy-out clause has been met.

The Blues have reportedly made Kepa their number one target to replace Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium stopper has been absent from training this week, has one year remaining on his contract and reportedly wishes to join Real Madrid.

A statement on Athletic’s official website read: “Kepa Arrizabalaga has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the work contract that linked him to Athletic Club.

“The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited.

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

Wolves have signed Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around a club-record £18m.

The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Molineux and becomes the fifth summer signing for the Premier League new boys.

Traore, who came through the youth system at Barcelona, excelled in Boro’s Championship campaign last season.

He made 71 appearances in two seasons at the Riverside, having joined from Aston Villa in 2016.

The Spaniard joins Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro Otto, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez as boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s new signings.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard continues to splash the cash at Derby after buying Ipswich striker Martyn Waghorn.

The Rams have fought off competition from Middlesbrough and Sheffield United to land Waghorn for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £5m.

Lampard told the club’s official website: “He has been sought-after all summer and we’ve managed to bring him here, which is fantastic.

“We sold the club to him and, importantly, he wanted to come here and that’s the sort of player that I want in the squad.

“Martyn has many great qualities and he has been pretty prolific over the last few years in front of goal. He is a real all-round striker and last year we saw not only could he score goals in the Championship but create them as well.”

Manchester United have no intention of selling Paul Pogba, Press Association Sport understands.

  • Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City from Leicester.
  • Alisson from Roma to Liverpool.
  • Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United.
  • Richarlison from Watford to Everton.

Pogba is attracting admiring glances after a fine World Cup and is reported to have told his team-mates that he is desperate to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona.

The France international has endured a testy relationship at times with manager Jose Mourinho, but the United hierarchy are understood to have never been open to selling their club-record signing.

Time is running out for Tottenham to make their first signing as they battle to agree a price for Jack Grealish.

Spurs have been monitoring the Villa star all summer, but the Championship club are holding firm for a reported fee in excess of £30million.


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