Real Madrid finally have their long-term answer at goalkeeper.
Thibaut Courtois is going back to Spain, and in return Madrid only have to let Mateo Kovačić go out on loan. Chelsea would confirm the swap, of sorts, in a tweet this afternoon.
“We have tonight agreed terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical. As part of the deal, Mateo Kovačić will join Chelsea on a season-long loan.”
Courtois wants to be closer to his family; that’s the biggest part of all of this. Fans will call him a snake — as fans do — but fans are dumb. As far as the shot-stopper’s move goes, getting to join Real in the process is a pretty good perk. They didn’t have a great league campaign a season ago, but are coming off their third consecutive Champions League triumph. However, Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer at the club. Zinedine Zidane is no longer the manager. Rumors are swirling around the likes of Luka Modrić and Marcelo as well.
Something tells us they’ll figure it out.
In the meantime, let’s imagine a world in which Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri sets a lineup with six midfielders in it. No, we’re being serious. They’ve made two actual signings this summer, adding midfielder Jorginho earlier in the window as well. They haven’t sold a single player other than Courtois. Are they going to purchase anymore midfielders before the Premier League transfer window closes tomorrow? Let’s hope so. We’ll find out soon enough.
As we said above, Madrid finally get their long-term answer in goal. No offense to Keylor Navas, who has done an admirable job. But let’s face it: he’s always been second choice. For a couple of years, Madrid aggressively went after Manchester United’s David De Gea. Before that, it was Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris for a spell. Now they’ve finally got their man in Courtois, who is only 26 years old.
In other words, he’s probably going to be there for a while.