Chelsea look set to miss out on goalkeeper target Diego Lopez - unless there is a ‘radical change’ in the situation at Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old goalkeeper has been linked with a surprise move to the Blues recently, with reports in the Metro last week claiming the Premier League side were ready to open talks with the player over a free transfer.
Despite having years left on his contract, the impending arrival of Keylor Navas and Iker Casillas’ status as a club legend left the Spaniard as the odd-man-out at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, AS now reports that an initial agreement with Los Blancos, where they were to pay two of the three remaining years on his contract when he makes the move away from the club, has been scrapped. Instead, they will simply let him leave for nothing.
Monaco was also the preferred destination of the goalkeeper, and the terms they have offered the player did not meet the demands of the agent. Lopez would likely be first choice at the Ligue 1 club.
The same is not guaranteed at Chelsea, with Thibaut Courtois forcing his way into contention at Stamford Bridge and Petr Cech also still at the club - although the Czech international has been linked with a move away.
Lopez has history with Blues boss Jose Mourinho, of course, with ‘the special one’ favouring the former Sevilla stopper ahead of Casillas during his time at Madrid.
That appears to have fuelled the fire over speculation regarding a move to Chelsea, but unless one of the current crop are sold it seems like an unnecessary purchase at this stage.
And, given that the player himself is now not looking to leave unless there is a change over the terms of his exit, it would seem unlikely that the Blues will pursue the move at this stage.