Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Kepa and Hazard speculation

Real Madrid Kovacic wants to leave at all costs

Kepa Arrizabalaga has published a goodbye letter after leaving Athletic Bilbao for Chelsea, in a world record 80 million euro move - he is the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football. Chelsea will now reportedly receive a cash fee and midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan as part of a deal to send Courtois to Real.

Real earlier this summer were interested in Belgium skipper Hazard, but the £300m price tag Chelsea put on him put a brake on that - and Chelsea are determined not to sell.

Belgium global goalkeeper Courtois is poised to leave for the Bernabeu, with the news that Chelsea have activated Kepa Arrizabalaga's release clause freeing up the 26-year-old to leave.

Real Madrid announced in its statement Courtois will sign a six-year contract, and the club will present him to its fans Thursday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Courtois had stayed away from Chelsea's training ground this week as he tried to force through a move.

"There won't be additional pressure on 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. "He is a very good coach and he has achieved really good things at other clubs". I think we had a good end to the season even if we didn't finish in the top four.

"I think I will be able to adapt", he said.

"I realise the game in England is different but I've got a lot of friends, a lot of other Spanish players already playing here, and they've given me fantastic references". "They are all very comfortable at the club and they have encouraged me to make the move and have an global experience".

The move comes as huge news to the footballing world as Liverpool have only just recently made Brazilian Allison the most expensive keeper ever, notably beating Chelsea to his signature. "I find his style and ideas very attractive. My goal was to come to Real Madrid, everyone knew that".

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