Mateo Kovacic: Chelsea confirm fourth signing, midfielder opens up on move

Adjust Comment Print

Real Madrid have confirmed that Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning, before signing a six-year deal and being presented at 1pm local time.

Thibaut Courtois hasn't covered himself in glory with the way in which he has forced his move to Real Madrid this summer.

The Stamford Bridge clubs move for the 23-year-old Spain global is now expected to allow their current number one Thibaut Courtois to finally conclude his £35 million transfer to Real Madrid.

1, joined Madrid in 2014 and has helped them win three consecutive Champions League titles as well La Liga in 2017. "As part of the deal, Mateo Kovacic will join Chelsea on a season-long loan", said Chelsea.

United midfielder Paul Pogba has been linked with a blockbuster switch to Barcelona after the France World Cup victor reportedly grew frustrated with perceived criticism from Mourinho. But the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in most recent transfer windows, and tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United in 2015 only to miss the deadline.

The report claims that the Blues are interested in bringing the 25-year-old World Cup victor to Stamford Bridge as Maurizio Sarri is willing to give him a central role at Chelsea.

Now, as the start of Premier League play approaches the footballing world as reportedly received clarification on the future of the goalkeeper position at Chelsea.

While not discussing the status of the transfer, Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri said that Kepa was "very young, but very, very good".

The statement made no mention of Chelsea, but the move represents a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month. Sarri also hinted that Eden Hazard is likely to stay at the London club.

Kovacic has enjoyed a wonderful summer with his nation, helping his Croatia reach the World Cup final and performing wonderfully alongside Luka Modric in midfield.