Chelsea sign Kepa in world record deal

Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea revealed yesterday that they had reached an agreement with the European champions for the Belgium worldwide, who was entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

"And now Chelsea have been forced into going out and finding a replacement for Courtois".

Chelsea have taken Croatia worldwide Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan from Real as part of the deal.

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.

Real head coach Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on Courtois after his side's friendly win over Roma in New Jersey, insisting that Keylor Navas remains his first choice.

Kepa reveals 'so many things attracted' him to Chelsea
Chelsea FC will get their Premier League campaign under way with a clash against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Chelsea have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao .

"Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival", she said.

Upon completing his move to Chelsea, he said: 'It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life.

Liverpool are the window's biggest spenders so far, with boss Jurgen Klopp bringing in 160 million euros of new recruits, but the total spend by Premier League clubs is unlikely to smash the 1.4 billion euros record set in 2017.

Courtois, 26, will cost the Spanish giants around £35m and he'll pen a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.

Luka Modric returned to training at Real Madrid on Wednesday along with five other World Cup players, against a background of contradictory rumours about his future. As the part of the contract, Mateo Kovacic, midfielder of the Spanish powerhouse, will join the blues on a season-long loan.

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