And for Chelsea, it's set to be a frantic 48 hours or so.
Thibaut Courtois will not be at Chelsea training today and has been asked to attend a meeting with the club tomorrow.
Following on from their 2-0 Community Shield defeat to Manchester City - where they were completely outplayed - the new boss may well be making further additions.
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.
Reports have claimed that the Croatian refused to train at Madrid this week as he attempts to force a move away from the club for more regular first-team football.
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He will receive no salary, the Ministry said, adding, "It's a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy". For more than a decade Seagal, who according to his own website is 66, has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation .
And Lopetegui doesn't expect Modric to leave.
The news will also be of great interest to Inter, however, as it could have repercussions on their pursuit of Kovacic's team-mate Luka Modric.
"I've not seen that Kovacic gone on strike", Lopetegui added.
"He has trained regularly with his team-mates and there have been no problems with him". Today, Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Mateo Kovacic...
25-year-old Croatia global Kovacic moved to the Bernabeu for £25 million in 2015 from Inter Milan, although rather unsurprisingly he has struggled to dislodge Los Blancos superb midfield triumphant of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.