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Here we go: Real Madrid and Chelsea reach agreement for Kepa Arrizabalaga – Romano

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Real Madrid are set to temporarily replace their first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with Kepa Arrizabalaga, with a loan deal now imminent, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The Merengues were dealt a huge blow earlier this week as Courtois ruptured his ACL, which is set to rule him out for potentially the entire season.

Real Madrid sprung into action immediately and started scouring the market for a replacement, and it is Kepa that the Spanish capital giants have settled on.

The 28-year-old Chelsea ace was headed to Bayern Munich and talks were in advanced stages with the German outfit, but has rejected them in favour of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Here we go!

Now, Romano is reporting that Real Madrid and Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement for Kepa, with the Italian transfer expert giving his trademark ‘Here we go’ seal on the deal.

The Spanish international will be joining Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal and there will be no option or obligation to buy in the agreement.

Real Madrid set to sign Kepa. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old has already agreed terms for the move and having said his goodbyes as well, he is all set to travel to Madrid.

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa joined Chelsea from Athletic Club in the summer of 2018 in a deal worth €80 million.

However, he could have been a Real Madrid player six months before that, but then-manager Zinedine Zidane vetoed the transfer.

There is no mention of a loan fee involved in the deal, but it is likely that Real Madrid will be taking over Kepa’s full wages for the 2023/24 season.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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