Kepa Arrizabalaga is one of the best young goalkeepers in all of European football. After joining Lezama he quickly showed that he had the potential to become something special and while still a teenager many were already pegging him to eventually be a star at the San Mames. Last season he was promoted to the first team and it didn’t take long for him to overtake Gorka Iraizoz for the starting role. With such incredible showings it was only a matter of time before other clubs took notice.
Real Madrid actually made an offer to Kepa a few years ago when he was still playing in Lezama, but the keeper turned them down in order to stay at Athletic Club. Right now he has one year left on his contract and a €30 million release clause, but that will soon change. Kepa has already come to an agreement with Athletic on a new deal that will extend his contract until 2022 and raise his clause to somewhere in the €50 million range. He will reportedly sign the new contract when he returns from international duty with Spain’s U21 team.
The 22-year-old has said several times that he wants to continue at Athletic and be the starting keeper for the Lions for as long as he can keep the job. That being said, his international form and rise to prominence in Bilbao is only going to garner more attention from clubs across Europe. Signing the Lezama legend to a new and improve contract was the most important thing for Athletic this summer and it looks like his future will be tied to the Basque giants once he returns to Bilbao in July. Gianluigi Donnarumma still remains Real Madrid’s number one transfer target ahead of Kepa.