Real Madrid are plotting to take advantage over the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ contract situation by making a bid for him this summer.
Courtois has just over a year left on his existing Chelsea deal, and while a new £200,000 a week contract offer is on the table he is yet to sign it. While the Belgian stopper did say in March he would be at Chelsea next season, that he hasn’t signed yet is causing worry in Chelsea ranks. Add to that the continuing uncertainty over whether manager Antonio Conte could depart this summer, and Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season, and conditions could be right for him to depart.
If Courtois indicates he doesn’t want to sign his new contract, Chelsea would prefer to sell him now, rather than have him run down his deal and leave for nothing in summer 2019.
Real are watching this situation closely, and could make an offer if the impasse remains – and there currently is little sign of progress.
Keylor Navas is currently number one at the Bernabeau, but there are doubts about his ability at the very highest level, including from Madrid president Florentino Perez, according to The Mirror. In addition, his back-up Kiki Casilla could move on in the summer.
Courtois has emerged as a favourite for a move, given that long-term target David de Gea is thought unlikely to leave Manchester United and would cost in excess of £100 million in any case.
A move to Madrid could appeal to Courtois given that he used to live there – he played for Atletico Madrid on loan for three seasons – and his former partner and two young sons live in the city. He is on record as saying he would like to move back to Spain to be closer to his family.