Chelsea agree world record €80m fee to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga
Spanish sources claim 23-year-old Kepa will fly to England at around 10am on Wednesday morning, having travelled to Madrid on Tuesday in preparation for his switch.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri would not be drawn on the future of Courtois and would only go as far as confirming he rates Kepa highly after watching his team win their final friendly of pre-season on penalties against Lyon.
Inquired as to whether Courtois will now join Real, Sarri stated: “I don’t have a clue. In any case, I think I am here just to discuss this match and the main inquiry was about Courtois. I don’t know as of now. I need to talk with my club. At that point, all together, we’ll choose about it.”
On Kepa, he added: “I saw him one year ago [when I was at] Naples and my first impression was he was a very good goalkeeper. Very young, but very, very good.”
One player Sarri was more forthcoming on was Eden Hazard, who made an appearance as a 68th-minute substitute and struck the winning penalty after 38-year-old Rob Green had saved from Lyon’s Pape Cheikh Diop.
Time is against Sarri and Chelsea, however, with the transfer window for premier League clubs closing at 5pm BST on August 9.
Chelsea get their Premier League Campaign underway on saturday with an away trip to David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town.