Real Madrid could make an audacious attempt to take advantage of the lack of clarity at Stamford Bridge and launch a surprise move for Thibaut Courtois, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The publication claims that despite the recent arrival of Keylor Navas Los Blancos have the young Belgian firmly in their sights, and are looking to get rid of both Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas this summer. It’s even said that Lopez could be used as a bargaining chip in a deal put forward to Chelsea, as Carlo Ancelotti looks to attempt the unthinkable in luring Jose Mourinho into a sale.
Cech or Courtois?
Of course The Special One sits in perhaps the most enviable position in Europe with regards to his spread of goalkeepers, with Petr Cech, Courtois and veteran Mark Schwarzer all competing for a place. Naturally the latter is perceived to be the backup option of those three, but it remains to be seen which of the other two will be handed the No.1 jersey.
If it’s Cech then there’s every reason to believe Courtois might look to leave west London, despite the odds significantly seeming to favour a lengthy future for him at Stamford Bridge. During his three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid the youngster developed into one of the finest stoppers around, and it’s highly unlikely he’ll be content to play a bit-part role in any team moving forward.
On top of that it’s said that the 22-year-old was reluctant to leave Madrid as he had settled down there during his spell at the Vicente Calderon stadium, meaning perhaps that Ancelotti would have an angle with which to approach the player regarding personal negotiations. Courtois has repeatedly stated that he is heading back to Chelsea with the intentions of dislodging Cech, and if he is unsuccessful is it conceivable to believe that he would look elsewhere?
The whole idea, to us at least, seems more than just a little far-fetched given the level of promise Courtois has surrounding him at the minute. First and foremost there’s the idea of Mourinho consenting to a scenario wherein he takes Lopez - who admittedly was impressive last season for Madrid - in exchange for one of the most exciting ‘keepers in world football, and then there’s a question to pose concerning Los Blancos’ willingness to get rid of both Casillas and Lopez in the same transfer window.
With Navas having been purchased it makes sense to assume that one of the aforementioned pair - most likely Lopez - will be allowed to leave, but both of them?