It’s no secret that Real Madrid are in the market for a new goalkeeper. Head coach Zinedine Zidane has apparently lost faith in current number one Keylor Navas, but is stuck with him until the end of the season.
Last year they went after Manchester United’s David de Gea, but ultimately failed to lure him back to the Spanish capital, and he has instead stayed put at Old Trafford.
Rumours recently have linked them with the United ‘keeper once again, but they’re said to be keeping tabs on Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois as well, in case a move for the Spain international fails to come to fruition.
Courtois spent three seasons in Spain with Atletico Madrid earlier in his career, and could be tempted back to La Liga despite being on the verge of landing the Premier League title with Chelsea.
However, Antonio Conte will be keen to keep a hold of the Belgian international, and may be forced to reward him with a lucrative new contract to convince him to remain at Stamford Bridge.
And according to a report in the Daily Mirror, the Blues may have to put together a contract worth more than £200,000 per week to keep him out of Zidane’s clutches.
Courtois’ current deal runs until the summer of 2019, and with so much interest in his services, Conte will know that he will have options over what to do with his future.
The Belgium international has enjoyed another fine season in west London, where he has gone a long way to re-establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, and the club will be aware of this and may want to step up their negotiations to keep him where he is.
The report also states that Premier League strugglers Bournemouth may be prepared to offer second choice Asmir Begovic a contract worth more than what he’s currently on at Chelsea as well as a chance to play more regular first team football.
With this in mind, Chelsea won’t want to lose two top class goalkeepers, and while they could stand to lose Begovic, they certainly won’t want to be faced with the task of replacing Courtois.