Chelsea and Real Madrid have agreed a deal for the 26-year-old Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois is reported to be joining Real Madrid for a transfer fee of around £30 million to £35 million, with Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic arriving at Stamford Bridge on loan from the Spanish club.
Chelsea have said that the deal is still depended on Courtois agreeing the personal terms with Real Madrid and then completing a medical.
The Los Blancos plan to present Courtois as their new signing at 1200 hours British Standard Time on Thursday.
Courtois is expected to sign a long-term contract with Madrid, that will keep him at Bernabeu till 2024.
Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is set to arrive at Stamford Bridge from Athletic Bilbao for a fee of £71 million.
Kepa is expected to replace Courtois as Chelsea’s no.1, as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper will look to have him impact felt in the English Premier League.
Courtois deal to Real Madrid also includes Kovacic moving to Stamford Bridge. The 24-year-old Croatian midfielder had a medical yesterday at Chelsea.
Kovacic has spent the last three seasons at Real Madrid, since joining from Inter Milan. He was a member of the Croatian squad that reached the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Since 2011, Thibaut Courtois has been a Chelsea player. He was signed by the Blues from the Belgium club Genk.
Courtois was immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid, where played till 2014, before coming back to Chelsea as their no.1.
Courtois was voted as the FIFA World Cup 2018 best goalkeeper of the tournament, helping Belgium finishing third in the World Cups.