Chelsea are believed to hopeful that an unbelievable price tag will scare away Real Madrid from making any attempts to tempt Thibaut Courtois away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with the Spanish giants initially having held an interest in the former Atletico goalkeeper last summer.
Real Madrid ultimately shifted their focus on United keeper David de Gea a year ago, but that not before they approached Chelsea over the availability of Courtois.
But this time as reports The Sun, the Belgium international is now “top of the shopping list” at Bernabeu because they have already “given up” on the United man.
And the Sun also reckons Courtois will be a priority as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez “is desperate to bring in a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas after the Spain legend left for Porto last summer.”
De Gea, obviously, came very, very close to make a sensational move to the Bernabeu last summer, only for the deal to fall through late on. So what if it’s the Same saga, only different target this time!
According to a report from the London Evening Standard, an initial enquiry from the Spanish outfit was met with an astonishing £73m valuation – a price which would break the existing world record transfer fee of a goalkeeper by around £40m.
However, questions started to be asked about Courtois’ future with the West Londoners after he recently revealed that he prefers playing behind his international defence line than his club’s back four.
There are also speculations that the 23-year-old Belgian, who enjoyed a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid earlier in his career, is actually interested in a return to Spanish football. However, Chelsea’s demands will not at all change and only a mammoth offer will lure them to sell Courtois.
The upcoming summer window looks to be an extremely significant one for the soon-to-be deposed Premier League champions. There are still persistent rumours roaming around over the futures of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and others. John Terry is expected to leave soon and the new incoming manager will have a sizeable task in order to knit together a new squad.
Most of the people still believe that would be Antonio Conte, despite an apparent delay in his formal appointment following previous reports which suggested an agreement was imminent.
If the Italian takes to charge it will, at least, hand Chelsea a major boost in their rumoured pursuit of Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan’s agent recently told Tuttosport that the striker would be more interested in working with Conte instead Jose Mourinho, although he also holds Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri in high esteem.