Chelsea Agree World Record Deal For Thibaut Courtois Replacement

Chelsea have arranged a stunning £71million contract for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa.

The club have met the release clause in Kepa’s contract, paving the way for Thibaut Courtois to move to Real Madrid.

The deal will also make the 23-year-old, who has won one cap for the senior side, Chelsea's record signing.

The Blues made their move for the Spaniard after accepting Courtois' Chelsea future is over.

Courtois has failed to report for training for the past two days as he plans to force through a move to Real Madrid.

Kepa is expected in London on Wednesday to conclude his switch to Stamford Bridge and, when the deal is done, the Belgian will be able to complete a transfer to Real for a fee understood to be in the region of £40m.

The Blues and Real are set to do more business before the transfer window in England close on Thursday evening, too, with Mateo Kovacic expected to join Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri refused to clarify the future of Courtois or the potential arrival of Kepa after his side's penalty shoot-out victory against Lyon on Tuesday night.

Hazard, whose future has been in uncertainty all summer, was given an ecstatic reception by Chelsea fans during their victory against Lyon and Sarri said he had “No problem” with the player.

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