Chelsea complete loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea complete loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic

Kepa, 23, arrives at Stamford Bridge after a release clause in his contract was met, with the deal surpassing Alisson's £66.8m move to Liverpool.

The deal for Courtois involved Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic moving the other way on a one-year loan deal and Madrid also had to pay a fee of £35m for Courtois.

His future has always been speculated amid Madrid's pursuit of Manchester United keeper David de Gea, however, the veteran has played a key role in the capital.

On Wednesday, as the Real first team flew back to Madrid after beating Roma in New Jersey on Tuesday night, the club said the World Cup players were in training.

"Kepa is a very solid goalkeeper, who can become an even better goalkeeper in the years to come", European football writer Andy Brassell told BBC Radio 5 live. "Very young, but very, very good", Chelsea's head coach Maurizio Sarri spoke highly of the Spanish goalkeeper.

"The Spanish worldwide goalkeeper arrives ahead of the new Premier League season, having signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge", Chelsea said in a statement.

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He joined Athletic at the age of nine.

According to a report from FCInterNews.it, Perez is ready to offer Modric a new €12 million per season contract, €2 million more than his current annual salary, a salary that Inter are/were willing to match.

Kepa became the most expensive goalkeeper when Chelsea made a decision to meet the buyout clause in his contract with Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, eclipsing the £56m that Liverpool paid Roma for Alisson last month.

"All I'd like to do is to thank the fans for the last four years and for how they've supported me at Chelsea", he added.

"In terms of the price, it's something I don't think about", Kepa said via a translator.

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