Blues Set to Break World Record for Courtois Replacement

Chelsea transfer news Real Madrid Mateo Kovacic

Courtois has been absent from training this week before Thursday's closure of the transfer window for Premier League clubs.

In a 90-minute spell, Chelsea agreed to sell Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros.

Kepa has been drafted in to replace Thibaut Courtois, who has moved to Real Madrid in a £35m deal.

The Belgium worldwide, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer, has signed a six-year deal after completing a medical on Thursday.

Kovacic has arrived at Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid, which reports suggest could be made permanent in a year's time.

United midfielder Paul Pogba has been linked with a blockbuster switch to Barcelona after the France World Cup victor reportedly grew frustrated with perceived criticism from Mourinho.

His future has always been speculated amid Madrid's pursuit of Manchester United keeper David de Gea, however, the veteran has played a key role in the capital.

Chelsea's imminent world-record deal for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paved the way for his exit, allowing him to move for a reported £35million as Croatia midfielder Kovacic heads the other way.

"It's been a very important decision for me", he said.

He is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper ever, beating the €72.5m (NZ$125m) Liverpool paid Roma for Alisson earlier this summer.

Madrid's starting goalkeeper has been Keylor Navas, who helped the club win the last three Champions League titles. Sarri also hinted that Eden Hazard is likely to stay at the London club.

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