Chelsea have agreed a deal to sell goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid, according to French source RMC
However, Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws has raised doubts a deal is close, with the Blues likely to push to secure a new No. 1 before letting Belgium international Courtois leave
A fee of €35 million would be a steal for arguably the best goalkeeper in the game. However, Chelsea’s hands are tied somewhat by the stopper being out of contract next summer.
Guillem Balague believes the Blues could be prepared to let Courtois go, per Sky Sports.
Yet the 26-year-old is surely a player new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri would want to keep, especially after his performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Courtois collected FIFA’s Golden Glove award as the best goalkeeper at the tournament
There’s not much doubt Courtois would be an upgrade on Real’s current first-choice Keylor Navas
But Sarri’s bid to replace Courtois could be compromised by Liverpool’s proposed pursuit of Roma’s Alisson. The Independent’s Simon Hughes and Ed Malyon reported the Reds have bid more than £60 million for the Brazil international on Tuesday, while also naming Chelsea as an interested party.
Hughes and Malyon noted Real are “more focused” on Courtois, something “that has pushed Chelsea into the chase for Alisson.”
Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella also reported the Blues’ interest in Alisson
Even so, it may be difficult for Chelsea to countenance paying potentially more than double what they may receive for Courtois to replace him with an inferior keeper