Chelsea's £20m Courtois valuation "is too much"

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Chelsea's attempts to put off possible suitors for exciting young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois are succeeding, according to The Mirror.

Atletico Madrid have had Courtois on loan since 2011, immediately after the Blues purchased him from Genk and he has forged a reputation as one of the brightest young stars in world football.

The report claims Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge next season to compete for the number one spot with veteran Petr Cech, the shirt's current incumbent.

However, Atletico are desperate to make the Belgium internatiuonal a permanent fixture at the Vicente Calderon and are ready to do a deal - but not at the price quoted to them by Chelsea.

Atleti's president Enrique Cerezo labelled Courtois "the best goalkeeper in Europe" and was open about the desire for La Liga's second-place club to hang on to their current first-choice between the sticks.

“Courtois is incredible on the pitch. We are interested but the price is too much for a keeper. We want to try to do business, but it depends on Chelsea. We must study everything," he is quoted as saying in the report.

“For me, it is clear that Courtois is the best goalkeeper in Europe.”

That price is in the region of £20million, according to the report, as Chelsea are unlikely to be willing to let such a promising talent go and will likely demand significant compensation if they do.

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