Monday, 10 December, 2018


Chelsea Complete Signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga for World Record Goalkeeping Fee

Thibaut Courtois GETTY Thibaut Courtois has been on an extended break after the World Cup
Noah Ferguson | 09 August, 2018, 10:14

"Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical", Chelsea signalled in a statement published on the club's official website.

The Golden Glove victor will then undergo medicals on Thursday and will be presented as a Real Madrid player at 1:00 PM local time.

Chelsea are ready to hand Kepa Arrizabalaga his debut away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday after they paid the goalkeeper's £71.6 million release clause to Athletic Bilbao.

The Spain worldwide, 23, has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge and joins the Blues for £71m - a world record fee for a keeper. The Chelsea academy graduate spent last season out on loan at Crystal Palace and was largely impressive despite only scoring two goals.

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.

'So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. After playing for Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Kovačić's stint at Chelsea will make him the fifth Croatian footballer in history to wear the jersey of the London club.

Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who now is expected to join Chelsea as Courtois' replacement.

Thibaut Courtois is getting his dream move to Real Madrid in a deal that will see Mateo Kovacic head to Chelsea on a season-long loan.

He becomes the third acquisition of a chaotic summer transfer window for Chelsea, following the £50m capture of Jorginho from Napoli and the signing of third-choice goalkeeper Robert Green on a free transfer.

The Blues faced a race against time as to sign the young worldwide before the Premier League transfer window closes on Thursday at 18:00 CEST - tasked with convincing the shot-stopper to move to England, despite Kepa having just renewed his contract.

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