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Courtois has been rumoured with a move away in recent weeks.

Chelsea offer Thibaut Courtois to Barcelona for $63 million

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A squad overhaul may well be imminent at Stamford Bridge following Chelsea’s abysmal defence of their Premier League title.

Leicester City are now the new champions of England whilst Guus Hiddink’s men languish in ninth, an incredible 29 points behind.

Rumours are rife regarding the futures of many Chelsea players, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian linked with moves away this summer.

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One player that has particularly caught headlines in recent weeks, though, is goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium international is a reported target of several European sides amidst speculation that he is unhappy in west London, especially so after he accused those around him at Stamford Bridge of not being world class.

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And it appears Chelsea are willing to let him go, with Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reporting that Courtois has been offered to Barcelona for $63 million.

This is despite the fact manager Luis Enrique has two classy shot-stoppers at his disposal in Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

What’s certain is Courtois wants to play Champions League football and will not settle for anything less, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly in the hunt for the 23-year-old.

Chelsea’s decision to offer their Belgian ‘keeper to European rivals appears to have been masterminded by incoming manager Antonio Conte, who is targeting Fraser Forster and Jack Butland as potential replacements.

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This all comes after Courtois refused to commit his long-term future at Stamford Bridge whilst on international duty in late March.

He told Belgian broadcaster RTBF: “I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know. I still have three years on my contract. We must see what Chelsea want.

“It is true that it (this season) has changed me. Until now I had always won a trophy every season. We hope that next season will be better.”

While one Belgian appears to be heading for the exit, though, one could well stay, with Hiddink insisting recently that Hazard will stay at Chelsea for next season.

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The Dutch manager said, per the Guardian: “What I know he is very happy with everything in Chelsea and around Chelsea.

“He is very important and if he is fit, he will be very important again next season.”

Hazard has shown glimpses of his former self since returning from injury, especially so with an emphatic finish to secure his side a point against Tottenham on Monday night.

The Belgian’s goal was just his third in the Premier League this season and killed off any remaining hope Spurs had of pipping champions Leicester City to the title.

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