Eden Hazard: Chelsea transfer to Real Madrid discussed by new signing Kepa

Real Madrid Kovacic wants to leave at all costs

Real Madrid Kovacic wants to leave at all costs

"It's been a very important decision for me", he said.

Now, Sunday Times reporter Castles is claiming that Real Madrid have offered Chelsea FC the chance to sign Croatia star Kovacic in order to speed up a deal for Courtois.

"It is an accumulation of things really and I am delighted that the club has signed me".

With Arrizabalaga's arrival, the Blues are expected to sanction the departure of Courtois, who has been constantly leaning towards a Real Madrid move.

According to sources, Real Madrid will pay Chelsea £35 million pounds for the Belgium worldwide.

Real Madrid also released a short statement of their own, which confirms that Kovacic will stay at Chelsea until June 30, 2019. Considered Spain's goalkeeper of the future, he was a reserve at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Although Kepa conceded 43 goals in 30 league games last season, that was mainly due to the deficiencies of the weak team in front of him.

Having been a regular in the Spain Under-21s team over the last three years, as well as earning a cap for the national team in a friendly against Costa Rica in November 2017, Kepa said he had plenty of friends at Chelsea.

His greatest assets are lightning-fast reflexes, allowing him to make stunning close-range stops, and calm composure in even the most frenetic of penalty areas.

Chelsea, of course, had to break the record fee for a goalkeeper, set by Alisson Becker a few weeks back, when they paid £71.5 million for Kepa.

Arrizabalaga, who only signed a new seven-year deal with Athletic in January, becomes Maurizio Sarri's second high profile signing since taking charge, following in the footsteps of midfielder Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli for around £50m.

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