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

Chelsea sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic on season-long loan from Real Madrid

Chelsea sign midfielder Mateo Kovacic on season-long loan from Real Madrid

With a £72m price-tag said to have been "triggered", the deal would smash the £67m paid by rivals Liverpool for former Blues target Alisson last month, while also well beating the record-price paid by Chelsea for a player - that was last summer when Alvaro Morata arrived for £58m.

Thibaut Courtois effectively forged his own move to Real Madrid, having refused to turn up to Chelsea training for the previous few days, hence why the Blues have slammed hard on the panic button and brought in a goalkeeper who has little experience in the Spanish top flight, never mind Europe.

"Real Madrid C.F. and Chelsea F.C. have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who has signed for the club for the next six seasons, ” said Madrid in a statement".

Giroud would see that outcome as a major victory for the club given his view on Hazard, whose Belgium team were beaten by eventual World Cup winners France at the semi-final stage.

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

He was also in the Spain squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation as back-up to David De Gea, but has yet to make his competitive debut for Spain or play in the Champions League.

They have replaced a star goalkeeper, victor of the Golden Glove award at the World Cup, with a man who is third down the pecking order for the Spanish national team, for a fee that is ridiculous.

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Most European clubs have until August 31 to make transfers though the Premier League window slams shut at 5pm today.

Kepa had been with Athletic since 2004, rising through the youth ranks.

"The Golden Glove from the last World Cup signs for the Champions League champions after his impressive performance in Russian Federation, ” added Madrid in a statement".

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri praised Arrizabalaga on Tuesday night.

Kovacic will join Chelsea on loan until June 30, 2019 as part of the deal, with the Croatia worldwide spending a season away from the club he joined from Inter Milan in 2015.

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. The Croatian midfielder competed with regular Madrid starters Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

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