Chelsea have confirmed that they have agreed terms with Real Madrid for the sale of Thibaut Courtois.

The deal will see the Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic join the Blues on a season-long loan.

Courtois has long been linked with a move to the Spanish capital, where he used to play for Atletico Madrid on loan from the Blues and where his family are still based.

He has refused to return to Chelsea’s pre-season training ahead of the new campaign in a bid to force through his move to Real, who see him as their new No.1 to replace Keylor Navas.

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The Belgian goalkeeper – who won the Golden Glove award for the best keeper at the World Cup in the summer – had just one year remaining on his Blues contract, and is now expected to be replaced at Stamford Bridge by the Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who will become the most expensive keeper in the world at £71m.

Midfielder Kovacic was part of the Croatia squad which reached the final of the World Cup, but has always struggled for game-time at the Bernabeu since joining from Inter Milan three years ago.

He’s played 109 times for the club, scoring three goals.

A statement on Chelsea’s website read:

"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."

Real have announced that Courtois has signed a six-year deal, and will be presented to the fans on Thursday afternoon after he’s passed his medical.

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