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Chelsea agree deal to sign Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez for initial £25m

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Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez for £25m plus add-ons.

The Blues have been looking to add a goalkeeper to their squad following the sale of Edouard Mendy to Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia.

Sanchez, 25, will challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for the number one spot.

Sanchez has been with Brighton since the age of 15, having joined their academy from Levante in 2013.

After loan spells with Forest Green and Rochdale, he made his Brighton debut in November 2020 and became the Seagulls’ first-choice stopper for the best part of two years.

He was also called up by Spain in 2021 and was part of their squad at both the delayed Euro 2020 tournament and the 2022 World Cup, although his only two caps have both come in friendlies.

Sanchez lost his place to Jason Steele in the second half of Brighton’s 2022-23 Premier League season, although he did play in the FA Cup semi-final defeat on penalties by Manchester United at Wembley.

His contract at Brighton, where Sanchez has made 90 appearances in total, was set to run until June 2025.

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