Real Madrid Announce Courtois Deal, Kovacic Joins Chelsea


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Real Madrid tonight confirmed the signing of Thibaut Courtois, reports the Daily Mail.

A fee of £35m has been agreed with Chelsea with the Belgian signing a six-year contract. The 26-year-old will undergo a medical tomorrow morning and all being well, be unveiled at a 12 pm press conference.

Mateo Kovačić, 24, will sign a season-long loan deal with Chelsea as part of the deal. It’s unknown whether an option to buy is included.

With a week to go to the start of the new season, it solves a headache for Julen Lopetegui, the recently appointed head coach at the Bernabeu.

For Courtois, it brings an end to his strike action with the move forced through after he refused to return to the club for training.

Further pressure piled on the club as his agent did the rounds for media interviews, playing up the human aspect of the deal: Courtois wanted to play a more active role in his children’s life. The goalkeeper has two in the Spanish capital from a previous relationship.

The move became inevitable once Chelsea agreed a fee of £71.5m with Athletic Bilbao for Kepa Arrizabalaga. Like Courtois, the 23-year-old will undergo a medical tomorrow ahead of completing his transfer before the 5 pm deadline for Premier League clubs to sign players passes.