Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Kepa and Hazard speculation

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Kepa and Hazard speculation

One of the main storylines of this summer's transfer window was would happen with the future of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and what Chelsea would do at the goalkeeper position.

Chelsea's imminent world-record deal for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paved the way for his exit, allowing him to move for a reported £35million as Croatia midfielder Kovacic heads the other way.

He is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper ever, beating the €72.5m (NZ$125m) Liverpool paid Roma for Alisson earlier this summer.

The Basque club confirmed the 23-year-old's release clause has been activated and his contract terminated, although there is no mention of Chelsea.

Courtois had been preparing to enter into the final year of his deal at Chelsea, with no extension put in place.

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Blues director Marina Granovskaia added: "We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family".

Courtois will sign a six-year contract at the Bernabeu subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

Seen as a panic purchase by some, Chelsea have addressed a position of need and have now paved the way for Golden Glove victor Thibaut Courtois to finally make his dream move to Real Madrid.

While not discussing the status of the transfer, Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said that Kepa was "very young, but very, very good".

He enjoyed great success at the club, having won two Premier League titles and a FA Cup triumph. However there is no clause in the deal that would permit Chelsea to automatically buy Kovacic, a Croatia global, next summer.

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