Chelsea plot £15m Dutch stopper deal

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Chelsea are lining up a £15million move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul this summer, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Dutch international has been a key component in the Magpies' success this season, helping Alan Pardew's side compete in the higher echelons of the Premier League table, and challenge for Champions League qualification next year.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has identified Krul as the man to replace long-term custodian Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge, as part of the planned project to usher in a new era in west London.

The Russian has agreed to bankroll a big-money move for the talented stopper, with an offer of up to £90,000-a-week in wages, believed to be the figure needed to lure him from St James' Park.

Krul only signed a new long-term deal to remain on Tyneside earlier this season, but Newcastle owner Mike Ashley - who is known as an 'expensive seller' - will unlikely stand in the player's way if his price is met.

Chelsea signed Thibaut Courtois from Belgian side Racing Genk last summer, with a view to the 19-year-old succeeding Cech as the club's No.1 goalkeeper.

Courtois was immediately sent out on a season-long loan deal to Atletico Madrid to replace Manchester United bound David De Gea. And, having impressed in La Liga this term, the teenager is eyeing another year in Spain to continue his development.

The arrival of Krul could cast doubt over Courtois' long-term Chelsea future, with the youngster having also been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks.

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