Thibaut Courtois To Join Real Madrid After Chelsea Agrees Transfer

Thibaut Courtois

Courtois, who is now into the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, wants to move to the Spanish giants.

"It is a very important moment. for me and for my career, I am happy that after a long negotiation everything has come to fruition".

Kovacic will join Chelsea on loan until June 30, 2019 as part of the deal, with the Croatia worldwide spending a season away from the club he joined from Inter Milan in 2015.

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his 80 million-euro (71.9 million pounds) buy-out clause to break his contract with the Spanish side ahead of a reported move to Chelsea.

He was also in the Spain squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation as back-up to David De Gea, but has yet to make his competitive debut for Spain or play in the Champions League. It's a curious twist of fate that his departure from Stamford Bridge would pave the way for Kepa, who was so close to joining the European champions in January, to go the opposite way and replace the Belgian at Chelsea.

"So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League".

The 22-year old will displace Liverpool's Alisson as the most expensive goalkeeper in world football, just a couple of weeks on from the Brazilian's £67 million move to Anfield.

Chelsea FC will get their Premier League campaign under way with a clash against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Mario Stanić was the first, followed by goalkeeper Matej Delač, striker Stipe Perica, and offensive midfielder Marijo Pašalić, though they have all been sent out on loan from The Blues.

Julen Lopetegui says that he is reluctant to offload Mateo Kovacic, despite the midfielder wanting out of Real Madrid.

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