Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Courtois, Kepa and Hazard speculation

Chelsea transfer news Real Madrid Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea transfer news Real Madrid Mateo Kovacic

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

Madrid confirmed Courtois will undergo his medical on Thursday before being unveiled to the club's fans at the Bernabeu.

The midfielder has developed a strong friendship with Modric since joining Real Madrid in 2015 and admits he spoke to the former Tottenham player before deciding to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium worldwide, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer, has signed a six-year deal after completing a medical on Thursday.

Modric - victor of the Golden Ball as he helped his national side to the World Cup final earlier this summer - had hoped to meet Real president Florentino President on Wednesday to make his intentions clear.

Kepa is Spain's number two behind Manchester United's David de Gea.

Chelsea reacted to Courtois' impending departure by breaking their transfer record - and the world record for a goalkeeper - to land Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £72.1million.

"For me, Courtois is one of the best", he said on Sky Sports' Premier League launch show.

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

"Today is the day I leave my Athletic home, it is a day of mixed feelings to leave the club I joined as a nine-year-old, ” wrote Kepa".

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.

Upon completing his move to Chelsea, Kepa said: "It's a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life".

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