Real Madrid are interested in signing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and have begun negotiations over the player, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
21-year-old Courtois, the current Belgium number one, signed for the Blues back in 2011 yet has spent the last three seasons out on loan at Real's fierce cross-city rivals - Atletico Madrid.
The Chelsea starlet has impressed hugely during his ongoing stint at the Vicente Calderon, with his superb form credited as one of the key reasons for Atletico's superb 2013/14 season to date.
As well as shining in La Liga, Courtois, who joined Chelsea from Genk - has also proved his considerable worth in the Champions League, with the highly-rated 'stopper producing a quite sensational save to deny AC Milan midfielder Andrea Poli during the first half of Atletico's 1-0 win at the San Siro on Wednesday evening.
Atletico, who currently sit third in La Liga and are level on points with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, were believed to be keen on securing a permanent deal for Courtois and were even reportedly willing to offer star striker Diego Costa or midfielder Koke in the process.
However, now it looks like Real could have moved into pole position in any move for the player who clearly has the potential to develop into one of the very best on the planet in his position.
Whether Chelsea will be prepared to sell Courtois remain to be seen. Despite the Belgian international forging such a promising reputation, the experienced figure of Petr Cech remains Jose Mourinho's preferred number one and, although his best days are certainly behind him, at 31 he still has a few years left at the highest level.