Real Madrid confirm signing of Thibaut Courtois for £35m on six-year deal with Mateo Kovacic moving to Chelsea on season-long loan
- Chelsea have finally reached agreement with the La Liga giants for goalkeeper
- Thibaut Courtois will complete medical and be unveiled on Thursday afternoon
- Mateo Kovacic will join Blues on loan as part of deal once it has been finalised
Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea for £35million on a six-year deal.
The goalkeeper will complete his medical on Thursday morning and be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium at 12pm BST, before attending a press conference.
Mateo Kovacic will move in the other direction on a season-long loan once Courtois’ deal has been finalised.
Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea for £35million
Real Madrid tweeted on Wednesday night to welcome their new goalkeeper to the club
A statement from Chelsea read: ‘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.
‘Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan.’
The Belgiuan shot-stopper had been agitating for a move away from Stamford Bridge all summer.
Mateo Kovacic will move in the other direction on a season-long loan once deal is finalised
He had gone AWOL from Chelsea, refusing to return to pre-season training in a desperate bid to force a move to the Spanish captial.
Chelsea have since opened disciplinary proceedings against the 26-year-old and are set to fine him two-weeks wages worth around £200,000.
The move comes after Chelsea moved quick in bringing in a replacement after agreeing to pay Athletic Bilbao’s release clause for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Blues will smash the world-record fee for a keeper, set only this summer by Liverpool for Alisson, by paying £72million for the Spain international.
Chelsea deposited the fee in full to lawyers in Spain on Wednesday morning, paving the way for Kepa’s arrival.
Courtois had been agitating for move away from Chelsea all summer and had gone AWOL