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Chelsea’s Courtois on verge of Real Madrid move

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is closing in on a move to Real Madrid in a deal worth around 35 million euros ( $ 41 million ) , Spanish media reported on Tuesday .
“ Courtois, decision imminent ” , Madrid sports daily Marca ran as its headline , claiming that the record 13 – time European champions are “ confident of his signing ” .

“ The Courtois soap opera is coming to its end . The target , who yesterday did not attend Chelsea training despite being at the end of his holidays , speeds up the process to sign for Real Madrid , an announcement that could become official in the coming hours , ” Marca wrote .
Real will pay 35 million euros to bring the Belgium international , voted the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, to the Bernabeu , according to Marca .

“ Courtois doesn ’ t come to Chelsea training ” , noted Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo , for whom “ his destination will be Real Madrid ” .

AS , another Madrid- based sports daily , said “ Chelsea give Courtois up for lost and want ( Athletic Bilbao’ s ) Kepa Arrizabalaga to be his replacement” .

It added the Premier League club “ are willing to pay the 80 million euro release clause to Athletic” for the 23 -year – old Spain international.

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There is also speculation that Chelsea could try to sign Atletico Madrid ’ s Jan Oblak .

Courtois, who spent three seasons at Atletico from 2011 to 2014 , has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital.

( AFP )

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