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Chelsea have agreed to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, with Mateo Kovacic set to arrive at Stamford Bridge on loan.

Chelsea are set to land a major deadline-beating signing (Nick Potts/PA)
Chelsea are set to land a major deadline-beating signing (Nick Potts/PA)

  • Thibaut Courtois heading to Real Madrid as Mateo Kovacic joins Chelsea
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga's £71million buy-out clause at Atletico Madrid is met
  • Wolves spend club-record £18million on Middlesbrough's Adama Traore

Thibaut Courtois is getting his dream move to Real Madrid in a deal that will see Mateo Kovacic join Chelsea on loan for the season.

The 26-year-old only had a year left on his deal and has been absent from training this week as he looked to push through a move before the transfer window ended for the Blues on Thursday.

Chelsea’s imminent world-record deal for Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paved the way for his exit, allowing him to move for a reported £35million as Croatia midfielder Kovacic heads the other way.

A statement from Chelsea read: “Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical.

“Subject to the completion of the deal Mateo Kovacic will join the Blues on a season-long loan.”

Real Madrid have confirmed that Courtois will undergo a medical on Thursday morning, before signing a six-year deal and being presented at 1pm local time.

Kepa is set to replace the Belgium international in a deal that will see him become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, surpassing the £65m paid by Liverpool to Roma for Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker last month.

Athletic confirmed on Wednesday that the 23-year-old’s release clause of 80million euros (£71m) was activated and his contract terminated, although made no mention of Chelsea.

Premier League clubs have until 5pm on Thursday to push through deals before the transfer window close.

Wolves have signed Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore for an undisclosed fee, reported to be a club-record £18m.

The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Molineux after the Barcelona academy graduate excelled in Boro’s Championship campaign last season.

Traore made 71 appearances in two seasons at the Riverside, having joined from Aston Villa in 2016.

Traore was a team-mate of Jack Grealish at Villa Park, where the playmaker is poised to stay amid interest from Tottenham.

The 22-year-old is disappointed not to be given the option of a move to north London ahead of the deadline but will not hand in a transfer request, Press Association Sport understands.

  • Calum Chambers from Arsenal to Fulham.
  • Jefferson Lerma from Levante to Bournemouth.
  • Adama Traore from Middlesbrough to Wolves.
  • Joe Hart from Manchester City to Burnley.

Press Association Sport understands Manchester United have no intention of selling Paul Pogba, who has been linked with Barcelona, but Jose Mourinho’s hopes of strengthening his squad were fading.

England’s World Cup star Harry Maguire has been among the main targets this summer, but Leicester have repeatedly made it clear that the defender is not for sale.

It is understood that an offer has yet to be tabled for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, while United’s interest in imposing Barcelona defender Yerry Mina is tempered by financial demands.

That deal does not appear to be dead just yet and Jerome Boateng is another option, although Bayern Munich are understood not to be keen to sanction a loan deal that United would like.

Elsewhere,  Fulham vice chairman and director of football operations Tony Khan has said highly-rated teenager Ryan Sessegnon is not going anywhere.

Bournemouth have allowed left-back Brad Smith and midfielder Emerson Hyndman to join the Seattle Sounders and Hibernian on loan respectively.

Hyndman helps fill the void left by John McGinn’s move to Aston Villa, while Hibs have signed Thomas Agyepong on loan from Manchester City, subject to obtaining a UK visa.

Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann will spend the 2018-19 season on loan at Kilmarnock and Cardiff goalkeeper Lee Camp has joined Birmingham on a free transfer.

West Ham’s Jordan Hugill has joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan, while Frank Lampard continues to build at Derby.

The Rams fought off competition from Middlesbrough and Sheffield United to land Martyn Waghorn for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £5m.

Lampard  also completed a deal for Huddersfield defender Scott Malone, who has signed a three-year deal at Derby. Right-back Jordan Williams has also left the Terriers, joining League One side Barnsley.

Press Association


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