Thibaut Courtois effectively forged his own move to Real Madrid, having refused to turn up to Chelsea training for the previous few days, hence why the Blues have slammed hard on the panic button and brought in a goalkeeper who has little experience in the Spanish top flight, never mind Europe.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is eligible to play against Huddersfield on Saturday after completing his record move to Chelsea.
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Courtois spent three years on loan at Atlético Madrid from Chelsea, before becoming Chelsea's No 1 in 2014-15.More news: Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip
He helped the Blues win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.
"He has already demonstrated fantastic quality and consistency and will be a big part of any success Chelsea have in the coming years", Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said.
"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".
"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".
He is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper ever, beating the €72.5m (NZ$125m) Liverpool paid Roma for Alisson earlier this summer.More news: You’ll get your first look at Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay tomorrow
While the Kepa signing, on the face of it, looks like Maurizio Sarri placing trust and investment in youth, scratch the surface and the transfer smacks of a quick, thoughtless buy.
"(He has ended) the relationship that linked him to us since the 2004-05 season and the amount of compensation established in the contract has been deposited".
His future has always been speculated amid Madrid's pursuit of Manchester United keeper David de Gea, however, the veteran has played a key role in the capital.
Real Madrid also confirmed the deal, revealing that the Belgium goalkeeper will put pen to paper on a contract that takes him up to the end of the 2023-4 season.More news: Thomas Bjorn withdraws from PGA Championship with back injury