Genk goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is ‘on the verge’ of becoming Andre Villas-Boas’ first signing at Chelsea, according to Talksport.
Chelsea were believed to be readying a high-priced signing now that Villas-Boas has taken over the Blues managerial post, but the young manager is reportedly more interested in targeting younger players to start rebuilding the squad.
Courtois was a star keeper for Genk last season, with the 19-year-old assisting his side to the Belgian league trophy. Officials from Genk have reportedly visited Chelsea, and while a deal has been agreed to, Villas-Boas is keen to get the agreement finalised and make his first move official in the transfer window.
Courtois is seen as a long term replacement for Chelsea’s star keeper Petr Cech, and will take a medical test at Stamford Bridge as soon as possible before the deal is finalised.
Atletico Madrid were also said to be interested in Courtois, but Chelsea have won their prize, with the ability to outbid their rivals for the keeper who has been touted as a future European star.
Chelsea may do a deal to allow Courtois to go on loan to Genk next season, so the starlet can continue to gain experience and come into the Barclays Premier League with some more game time under his belt.