Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa’s buyout clause triggered ahead of Chelsea move

Thibaut Courtois On Verge Of Real Madrid Move Say Reports

Courtois is closing in on a move to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros

As confirmed on the club's official website, the Croatian midfielder will spend a season with the Blues, who reportedly have the option to sign the player permanently at the end of the deal.

According to BBC Sport, the Blues have made a decision to part ways with Courtois this summer following weeks of speculation regarding his future.

Chelsea have completed the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m - a world record for a goalkeeper.

Courtois has been absent from training this week before Thursday's closure of the transfer window for Premier League clubs.

Kepa´s arrival at Stamford Bridge came shortly after Chelsea had agreed to sell Belgian global ´keeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid for a reported fee of 35 million euros.

Courtois' actions are set to lead to success and, according to Spanish TV programme El Larguero, Real Madrid are to officially seal the signing of the goalkeeper later this week.

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Chelsea have rushed through a deal for Kepa in the last 48 hours after finally confirming Courtois is leaving.

Although his time at Atleti was only ever temporary and the club have since replaced him with Jan Oblak, it's clear plenty of their supporters regard his move to their local rivals as something of a betrayal.

This is likely to be a fast moving story and one that we will keep you updated on if the report in the from multiple sources come to fruition.

Chelsea icon John Terry has poked fun at himself by suggesting he was disappointed not to be considered as Thibaut Courtois' replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Kepa, 23, joins from Athletic Bilbao after Chelsea paid his release clause to bring him to the Premier League. The midfielder will join Jorginho in Chelsea's midfield who joined the Blues from Napoli.

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