In the wake of the Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus transfer, Real Madrid was able to finally upgrade their weakest position. They stepped up and signed Thibault Courtois from Chelsea for £35M.
The deal will bring in one of the world’s premier GKs to a side that has been lacking at the goalkeeping position for some time. They have had great play from recent keepers, but have not had a phenomenal presence in net since Iker Casillas. This is a great move to respond to losing their best player. It will not help the Spanish club offensively, but it will set apart their backline from the rest of the Spanish league.
Chelsea made the deal official with a statement released on Twitter on Wednesday-
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 Kovacic will join Chelsea on a season-long loan.https://t.co/WXhHzEdf6D
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 8, 2018
Courtois has stepped up his game this year, especially in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He helped his national team, Belgium to a third-place finish and was a focal point on their team, being the great defensive leader that he is. He would end up being named the best keeper of the entire tournament. He will officially sign with the club on Thursday for a six-year deal.
The Belgian Keeper has played in the Spanish league before. He was loaned out from Chelsea from 2011 to 2014 to play for Atletico Madrid. He would return from loan to play for The Blues until now. He will be a great aid next year for a Madrid side that is looking to complete an unprecedented four-straight Champions League Titles.
This may not cure the fact that Real Madrid still lost the arguably best player of this soccer era, but it will surely bring some needed help on the defensive end. More than that, I believe that Madrid can mark up Courtois as a selling point to bring in his former Chelsea and national club teammate, forward Eden Hazard. The club has been in transfer talks with Hazard, and maybe by signing a close teammate will push Hazard in the direction of leaving the Premier League to join Los Blancos.
Chelsea have already made preparations for the transfer of the Belgian Keeper. They set the world record for the fee of paying a goalkeeper in their most recent transfer, where they signed Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71.6 million. They understood the situation well before it unfolded, and put a wealthy investment into a young, new keeper. Hopefully both these moves for keepers will pan out well for the two sides.
The deal will also send Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic over to the Blues on season-long loan. The Croatian midfielder broke out onto the scene this year at the World Cup as well, and has ended up getting a deal to play for one of the best sides in England. He and Courtois will essentially be swapping places to play more incredible soccer in different European countries.