Thibaut Courtois’ Real Madrid move approved by Chelsea as they land Kepa from Athletic Bilbao

Belgian goalkeeper will be granted his wish of moving to the Santiago Bernabeu as Chelsea prepare to pay world-record £71m fee for Athletic Bilbao star Kepa

CHELSEA are breaking the world record to sign £71million Athletic Bilbao star Kepa – and will then give the green light to Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid.

The Blues are set to stump up the release clause for the 23-year-old stopper today which would see him become the most expensive keeper in history.

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And once the deal is secured they will allow wantaway Belgian Courtois to finally seal his dream move to Madrid.

Chelsea have been forced into quick action by Courtois refusing to turn up for training and making it clear he wanted out this summer.

And they have plumped for highly-rated Kepa, who ironically snubbed the chance of a move to the Bernabeu earlier this year.

The deal is expected to be sealed today once Chelsea have made a payment to the LFP (Spanish League) which would
activate Kepa’s release clause.

And once his arrival is ratified, it would then allow Chelsea to finally allow Courtois to complete a transfer to Real, for a fee understood to be worth in excess of £40m.

Chelsea ordered Courtois to attend a disciplinary meeting this week after he failed to show for training for a second day.

Courtois opted not to report back for pre-season training after the World Cup as he attempted to force through his dream move to Real Madrid.

He failed to show up for a planned meeting with manager Maurizio Sarri on Monday as the player and club reached a stand-off over his future at Stamford Bridge.

And the 26-year-old was again missing this morning, deciding to stay in Belgium rather than join his team-mates at the club’
Cobham training ground.

Chelsea decided to open disciplinary proceedings against the stopper, who has made it clear he wants out this summer.

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They scheduled a meeting for lunchtime on Wednesday and asked Courtois to attend, as they looked to punish him with a
possible fine of up to a maximum two weeks wages.

But it appears the parties will instead be heading their separate ways as Sarri focuses on having his squad ready for
their Premier League opener against Huddersfield on Saturday.

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