Julen Lopetegui confirms Mateo Kovacic wants to leave Real Madrid

Florence Fletcher
August 9, 2018

The Blues broke the world-record fee for a goalkeeper by signing Arrizabalaga, but who exactly is the 23-year-old?

The teams didn't disclose terms of Courtois' transfer, but multiple outlets report Real Madrid will pay Chelsea £35 million (€39 million/$45 million) for his services.

"On Wednesday 8 August, 2018, at 12:02 hours, the Spanish Football League [LFP] has certified to our club that player Kepa Arrizabalaga has complied with the requirements to end unilaterally his contract that linked him with Athletic Club", a statement issued by Athletic read.

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.

'It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life, ' he said.

Meanwhile, Kepa will replace the Belgium global in a deal that will see him become the world's most expensive goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

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"Athletic thank the player for his contribution throughout the time he has been at the club".

The West London side were able to lure the goalkeeper with an improved after-tax salary and a seven-year contract, with Maurizio Sarri ready to hand him a key role in his new-look side.

Belgian star Courtois will sign a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, however, Navas has no plans to leave Madrid.

Chelsea are reportedly close to securing the signature of midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid.

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.

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