Real Madrid sign Courtois from Chelsea
Real Madrid has signed Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea with Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic going the other way on loan, the clubs said on Wednesday.
Courtois has agreed on a six-year contract and Real will pay an initial 35 million euros ($40.7 million) for the Belgian goalkeeper, Spanish media reported.
"After his medical on Thursday, August 9, the player will be presented in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu."
"I want to thank the fans for their great support over the years. I hope you understand that being closer to my kids was considerable in my decision."
Courtois played 154 times for Chelsea after arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2011, keeping 58 clean sheets.
British media reported that the Belgian, who has played 65 times for his country and helped them reach this year's World Cup semi-finals, has not shown up for training at Chelsea for the past two days in a bid to force through the transfer.
Courtois is set to take over as Julen Lopetegui's first- choice goalkeeper at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla likely to be demoted.
Madrid has attempted to replace Navas in each of the previous two close seasons, despite the Costa Rican helping them win three Champions League titles in three years.
"It's a very important decision for me, for my career and also for my personal life," Arrizabalaga said. "I'm very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well."
The Spaniard becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, replacing Brazilian Alisson who completed a 75 million-euro move to Liverpool last month from AS Roma.
Kovacic, 24, will compete for places in Chelsea's midfield under new manager Maurizio Sarri alongside Frenchman N'Golo Kante, Italian Jorginho, and Spaniard Cesc Fabregas.
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