Real Madrid has agreed to terms with Chelsea to sign goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a six-year deal, with Mateo Kovacic set to go the other way on loan.
We have tonight agreed terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical. As part of the deal, Mateo Kovacic will join Chelsea on a season-long loan.https://t.co/WXhHzEdf6D
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 8, 2018
Belgium goalkeeper Courtois has long been a reported target for the European champions and he will leave Stamford Bridge subject to the completion of a medical on Thursday.
The 26-year-old had entered the final year of his deal at the Premier League club and made no secret of his desire to move to the Spanish capital, the home of his children and where he previously spent three seasons with Atletico Madrid.
In return, Julen Lopetegui’s side has sanctioned a one-season loan spell at Chelsea for midfielder Kovacic, who is yet to fully settle at the Santiago Bernabeu.