Barcelona have been inspired to renew their interest in Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois following comments from the player regarding his future, reports the Daily Mail.
Impressed by his fine form at Atletico Madrid, Gerardo Martino was interested in bringing Chelsea's on-loan star to the Nou Camp to replace the departing Victor Valdes.
Jose Mourinho was quick warn Barcelona off the 21-year-old, insisting he has no intention of selling La Liga's best goalkeeper.
But Courtois has been put firmly back on Martino's shortlist after comments from the player suggested he was considering a Stamford Bridge exit.
"We have a week off over Christmas, and I will take the opportunity to speak to Chelsea,’ he said told reporters. "It is something I hope to have cleared up by February, because I have a lot of important things to do after that, for Atletico at club level and with Belgium in the World Cup.
Although happy to wait until the summer to see Courtois move to the Nou Camp, the Daily Mail are reporting that Barcelona officials will approach their Chelsea counterparts about a transfer in the next few weeks.
Courtois' reservations over finally joining up with his parent club are understandable.
With Petr Cech the firm number one at Stamford Bridge, it is likely that the Belgium international would spend time sitting on the bench - something he is no longer willing to do.
With Barcelona ready to offer Courtois the chance to be a solid first choice at the Nou Camp, there is hope the youngster can be convinced to stay in La Liga on a permanent basis.