Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to complete a permanent transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid with Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic moving in the opposite direction on a season-long loan deal.

The breaking news has been confirmed by Chelsea official club sources with both deals having been agreed with Real Madrid.

Belgian keeper Courtois has long been wanted by The Whites with Real Madrid having been heavily linked with the player for the past 18 months. The 26-year-old made his name in the city of Madrid with Atletico during loan spells from Chelsea between 2011 and 2014 and Courtois looks to be certain to complete his return to Spain, no official transfer fee has yet been revealed.

In other news it has been revealed that Croatian international midfielder Kovacic will move to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid. The 24-year-old has made 109 appearances for The Whites in three years at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in which he has scored three goals. Kovacic has always faced a battle to nail down a starting place with Real Madrid and the player will now look to establish himself in the Chelsea side during a season-long loan stay in SE6.

Kovacic could complete his move to Chelsea in time to feature for his new club at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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