Mateo Kovacic 'nearing Chelsea loan move'

Mateo Kovacic 'nearing Chelsea loan move'

Real are prepared to allow wantaway Kovacic, who himself skipped a training session with the Spanish club, to join Chelsea on a season-long loan on the proviso they get Courtois.

The Croatia global has been linked with a move to Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Spanish clubs have until August 31 to sort their transfer business and Lopetegui has given an update on Los Blancos' progress.

Pressed on what his response would be if Kovacic does leave, Lopetegui said: "The solutions are something we'd speak about privately within the club. We've been able to enjoy watching him play and we will continue to enjoy watching him". If he wants to leave, we'll look to find solutions.

"The president [Florentino Perez] was clear and unequivocal", Lopetegui said.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is joining from Athletic Bilbao for a world-record £71.6m fee.

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Madrid are keen to sign the Belgium worldwide, who has failed to return for pre-season training at Chelsea amid the speculation surrounding his future.

Blues manager Maurizio Sarri has voiced his desire to bring in a midfielder and he is keen to add another player with different "characteristics" to the current crop in west London.

A move may be confirmed imminently, but if one club should be looking to hijack the move, it's Tottenham Hotspur - just as Chelsea did to them with Willian in 2013.

Milinkovic recently stated that he is happy at Lazio but "in football you never know what happens".

New signing Rob Green was the hero as he made a crucial save in the penalty shoot-out victory.