Real Madrid have offered 24-year-old to Chelsea FC, claims reporter

MADRID SPAIN- MAY 01 Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to join Real Madrid in a deal that will see midfielder Mateo Kovacic move to the London club on a season-long loan.

Last season, Madrid reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who now is expected to join Chelsea as Courtois' replacement.

Kepa's deal eclipsed the 72.5 million euros Liverpool paid Roma to make Alisson Becker the world's most expensive goalkeeper in July.

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According to Spanish publication Marca, Croatia global Mateo Kovacic is close to agreeing to terms with the Blues, which will see him move to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan.

Since joining, Navas has won three Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup trophies, two UEFA Super Cups, a LaLiga and Spanish Super Cup title.

"It's an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has made a decision to trust me and to take me in as well", Arrizabalaga added.

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Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia added: "Kepa is a talent we have admired for a long time and we are extremely excited about his arrival".

Now, Sunday Times reporter Castles is claiming that Real Madrid have offered Chelsea FC the chance to sign Croatia star Kovacic in order to speed up a deal for Courtois.

Chelsea confirmed the departure of the 26-year-old with a statement on their website, signing off with praise for their former goalkeeper.

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However, late into Wednesday evening the Blues announced the deal was complete with the Spaniard receiving a seven-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

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