Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid from Chelsea

Victor Moses

Victor Moses

Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who now is expected to join Chelsea as Courtois' replacement.

Kepa arrives at Stamford Bridge as the most expensive goalkeeper in footballing history, eclipsing the fee Liverpool spent to recruit Alisson from Roma this summer.

Kepa earning more than £190K-a-week at Chelsea is the true reflection of our desperation, rather than the transfer fee we paid for him.

Luka Modric returned to training at Real Madrid on Wednesday (Aug 8) along with five other World Cup players, against a background of contradictory rumours about his future. The Belgium global has less than 12 months remaining on his contract and this may witness Los Blancos acquire him for a knockdown price of around £32m.

Kepa becomes the sixth Spanish member of Chelsea's squad, joining Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso, and he says his worldwide team-mates played a big part in selling the move to him.

In January, Kepa signed a new long-term contract with Athletic until 2025, amid interest from Real Madrid. "I need to do my best to prove myself".

He's not wrong. Kovacic is likely to take game time away from encouraging youngsters such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek. "I just hope I can adjust and adapt as soon as possible but we are all different".

Kepa is second choice for Spain behind Manchester United's David de Gea.

Mateo Kovacic has revealed his delight at signing for Chelsea FC on loan from Real Madrid this week.

Colombia centre-back Mina would be signing on a permanent deal for a fee of around £27m while Portugal worldwide Gomes would move on a season-long loan for a fee of around £2m.

The Serbian is one of the most in-demand players in European football but a host of Premier League clubs baulked at his asking price; with the window in England now closed, Real have a virtually free run at the talented midfielder.

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