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Courtois joins Madrid as Chelsea wait to confirm Kepa deal

AFP  |  London 

Chelsea and Real agreed terms on Wednesday for the of Belgian subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical.

The deal should now pave the way for Athletic Bilbao's to join Chelsea for a record 80 million euro (USD 92 million) fee for a

No fee was revealed for the of the Courtois, who had just one more year to run on his Chelsea contract, although Spanish media claimed that the deal is worth around 35 million euros.

Chelsea added in a statement that subject to the completion of the deal, Croatian would join the Blues from Real on a season-long loan.

The English giants have been forced into finding a replacement for Courtois, 26, after he failed to report for pre-season training on Monday.

joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, but spent three seasons on loan at Atletico before returning to where he won two titles in four seasons.

And with his two children still resident in the Spanish capital, Courtois's agent claimed earlier this week family commitments were a motivating factor in forcing a move to the European champions.

"He has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid," told the Sun newspaper.

"For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept."

Just weeks after broke the record fee for a in a deal worth up to 72.5 million euros for Brazilian international Alisson Becker, the inexperienced Arrizabalaga, 23, is now set to inherit the title of the world's most

Earlier on Wednesday, confirmed that Arrizabalaga had paid his buyout clause at the league's headquarters in to free him from his contract with Athletic. Arrizabalaga has played 53 times in for over the last two seasons, and made his international debut in a 5-0 friendly win over in November 2017.

He was also in the squad for in as back-up to David De Gea, but has yet to make his competitive debut for

But for a late change of course due to the wishes of former Real boss Zinedine Zidane, Arrizabalaga could have joined Madrid himself in January when his buyout clause was just 20 million euros.

However, after that move collapsed, he signed a new seven-year deal with the Basque side that dramatically increased his release clause and has cost Chelsea dear.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 09:50 IST
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