Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Kepa and Hazard speculation

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Kepa and Hazard speculation

Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid the €80 million (£71.5m) buyout clause in his contract as he edges closer to completing a move to Chelsea.

Blues fans feared Hazard may depart Stamford Bridge in this transfer window, particularly when he hinted at an interest in moving to Real Madrid after the World Cup.

Neville has also given his verdict on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga joining Chelsea.

Personal terms will now be discussed and if true, Kepa will be in London tomorrow for a medical and so on.

However, Madrid have not included an option for Chelsea to purchase him outright after the loan deal ends.

The 31-year-old has won three Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup trophies, two UEFA Super Cups, a La Liga and Supercopa de Espana title since taking over for club legend Iker Casillas.

After playing for Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Kovačić's stint at Chelsea will make him the fifth Croatian footballer in history to wear the jersey of the London club.

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"It's an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has made a decision to trust me and to take me in as well".

Chelsea FC and Real Madrid announced Wednesday on their respective websites they've agreed to transfer the star goalkeeper from the Premier League club to the Spanish giant.

"The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited".

Real Madrid confirmed Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning before signing a six-year deal.

"Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during his time in our Club".

Chelsea had also considered raids for Jack Butland, Sergio Rico and Jan Oblak as they sought to replace the departing Courtois.

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