Chelsea complete club-record £141.6M transfer

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The goalkeeper has gone AWOL from Chelsea in a bid to force through a move and the Blues are already pushing to sign a replacement.

Chelsea added in a statement that subject to the completion of the Courtois deal, Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic would join the Blues from Real on a season-long loan.

After being strongly linked to Real Madrid, Arrizabalaga signed a new deal with Bilbao in January that raised his release fee to €80 million from €20 million.

Kepa joined from Athletic Bilbao for a world record fee of £71.6m - the second time that record was broken this summer after Liverpool signed Alisson Becker from Roma.

Kepa signed a seven-year deal on Wednesday and could make his debut in Saturday's Premier League game at Huddersfield.

Courtois went AWOL at Chelsea in a desperate attempt to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge.

There is no doubt that Courtois' actions over the last few days have left Chelsea fans fuming.

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Real are conscious of the need for more firepower up front, but their most pressing concern is in midfield with Luka Modric desperate to leave the club. "They are all very comfortable at the club and they have encouraged me to make the move and have an global experience".

The 24-year-old Croatian worldwide previously played for Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb, Italian club Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

"When I [first] saw him play, I was just so struck by the fact that a keeper who was then only 18 could perform like that under such pressure".

"I'm coming into a club that has just won three Champions Leagues in a row and it's important to keep winning all the trophies we can", he said. "I've got two kids here and that had a significant role to play in my decision". "I want to thank them for their support".

"I hope I'll be able to adjust & adapt as soon as possible".

"I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea", declared Kovacic.

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