Real Madrid would jump at the chance to sign Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois, but won’t be actively pursuing the transfer as they believe he’s firmly committed to his current club, according to reports.
Information in today’s edition of the Daily Express appears to confirm that Los Blancos have retained a burning desire to make the young Belgian their first-choice ‘keeper for the future, having been impressed by his growth during his three year loan spell at Atletico Madrid.
Madrid interest in Courtois
On top of Carlo Ancelotti’s admiration of Courtois he also has the current form of Iker Casillas to take into account, which has been wavering to say the least.
The latest rumours out of Spain appear to side with the notion that fans of Madrid are unconvinced over his ability to be the undisputed No.1 for much longer and, with it looking unlikely that summer purchase Keylor Navas will be given the chance to step up to the plate, the club need to broaden their horizons.
Courtois at Chelsea
That being said Courtois has already ousted the long-time Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech, and any fears that his game-time would be cut short due to the Czech international’s status as one of Jose Mourinho’s most senior squad members have quickly been allayed.
With that in mind it’s difficult to envisage a scenario wherein Madrid are successful in convincing both the club and, more importantly, Mourinho to listen to their offers. On top of that Courtois has only recently signed a new lengthy deal at Stamford Bridge worth £100k-a-week, making a potential move all the more unlikely.
It’s said that the Spanish giants are all too aware of this though, this reports yesterday insisting that they have turned their attentions to unlikely candidate Asmir Begovic. The Stoke City stopper has enjoyed a somewhat quiet rise to prominence in the Premier League and now has his fair share of admirers.
Giving up on De Gea
Whether or not he’s potential Galactico material remains to be seen but with Ancelotti running out of viable candidates there’s every reason to believe he could be Casillas’s long-term replacement if the Spaniard doesn’t rekindle his form quickly.
Amongst all the speculation it’s Manchester United who will be sitting prettiest, with David de Gea supposedly set to end the ongoing debate concerning his future.
The 23-year-old was linked with a shock switch to Madrid next year, having already threatened to steal Casillas’s spot in the Spain national side, but with Louis van Gaal keen to keep him, his club are in the process of handing him a lucrative new deal which should render a transfer virtually impossible.