Chelsea complete signing of Robert Sanchez from Brighton for £25m – as Spanish international lands a SEVEN-YEAR deal in west London
- Robert Sanchez will compete with incumbent Kepa Arrizabalaga for No 1 spot
- The Spanish international has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge
- Premier League transfer window: Club-by-club list of all the summer moves
Chelsea have completed the £25million signing of Robert Sanchez from Brighton on a seven-year-deal.
The 25-year-old becomes Mauricio Pochettino’s seventh addition of the summer window and will compete for the No 1 jersey with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
‘We’re very pleased to welcome Robert to Chelsea and he adds further quality to our goalkeeping unit,’ co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart said.
‘Robert has repeatedly proved himself in the Premier League and been capped by his country.
‘We are excited to watch him work with Mauricio and his coaching team during the season ahead.’
Chelsea have sealed a £25million deal for Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez today
Robert Sanchez conceded 102 goals and kept 29 clean sheets in 90 appearances for Brighton
Mauricio Pochettino has made seven signings this summer but is still pushing for more arrivals
Sanchez had impressed for Brighton before a falling out with Roberto De Zerbi saw his minutes dry up on the south coast.
As a result, the Spanish international drew interest from a number of Premier League sides with a view to prising him away, with Manchester United monitoring the situation early in the transfer window.
Sanchez lost his place as Brighton No 1 to Jason Steele towards the end of last season and has since seen Dutchman Bart Verbruggen join this summer.
And with relations not improving between him and the Brighton boss, Sanchez has been training with the under-18s rather than the first team.
Chelsea have acted decisively to bring in the stopper who is adept with the ball at his feet and will allow Pochettino to get the most out of his system.
Kepa Arrizabalaga regained his No 1 spot at Stamford Bridge last season from Edouard Mendy
Sanchez’ arrival is the Blues’ second acquisition in a matter of days following the signing of Monaco centre back Axel Disasi on Friday.
Not everything has gone to plan for the new boss in his first summer with the team as the London club’s pursuit of Moises Caicedo appears to have come a cropper with Brighton increasingly confident of keeping hold of their starlet beyond this window.
Chelsea have had four bids for the midfielder rejected, their latest thought to be worth £80m, but the Seagulls wasted no time in rebuffing the offer.
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