Chelsea confirm signing Kepa Arrizabalaga on seven-year contract for £71.6m

Thursday, 09 Aug, 2018

Thibaut Courtois is getting his dream move to Real Madrid in a deal that will see Mateo Kovacic join Chelsea on loan for the season.

According to BBC Sport, the Blues have chose to part ways with Courtois this summer following weeks of speculation regarding his future.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have already secured their replacement for the big Belgian in the sticks after triggering the £71 million release clause for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Madrid confirmed Courtois will undergo his medical on Thursday before being unveiled to the club's fans at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea have given Kepa Arrizabalaga a seven-year contract worth around £70 million after making him the world's most expensive goalkeeper.

"Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival", insisted Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

The deal brings an end to a protracted saga which culminated in Courtois declining to report for Chelsea training on Monday in an attempt to force the club to sell him, having informed Maurizio Sarri last week that he wanted to leave.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is off to Real Madrid from Chelsea. But it is likely to be around £35m, as reported earlier.

Courtois played for Atletico between 2011-2014 on loan from Chelsea before moving back to Stamford Bridge and becoming first choice there, forcing legend Petr Cech out of the squad.

Athletic said the 23-year-old Kepa had his €80-million (NZ$138m) buyout clause paid on Wednesday, although the Spanish club did not say which team made the payment. Not necessarily. Especially when you consider Chelsea's Premier League rivals Liverpool beating the Blues to a perhaps more tested Allison.