Real Madrid are closing in on the shock signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez held talks with super agent Jorge Mendes on Monday to discuss the possibility of a transfer.
Sport Witness cites reports in Spanish newspaper HLN, which claim the Champions League holders are serious about luring the Belgium international to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, despite having already completed the high-profile capture of Keylor Navas from Levante.
With Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez both already on the books in the Spanish capital, Carlo Ancelotti has an embarrassment of riches between the sticks, and Courtois's arrival would certainly force one of the aforementioned Spanish stopper's out of the club.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho will be desperate to keep hold of the 22-year-old custodian though, having only just welcomed him back to Stamford Bridge following three successive season-long loan spells in La Liga with Atletico Madrid.
The youngster made his Chelsea debut in Sunday's 3-0 friendly defeat against Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen, and despite being unable to prevent his side from losing, he impressed with a number of fine saves - including one world class stop midway through the first-half.
With two years still to run on the five-year contract he first signed with Chelsea when joining from Genk in 2011, Courtois will now be hoping to nail down the number one spot in west London, and will challenge Petr Cech for the position in the starting line-up in 2014/15.
What's clear is the fact that the youngster will not be content with sitting on the bench, so it will be interesting to see how things develop if Mourinho opts to stick with his veteran goalkeeper at the start of the new season.
That said, there is no guarantee that by moving to Real Madrid Courtois would be any more certain of regular action, given the stiff competition for places in Ancelotti's side.
The 6ft 6in star has established himself as one of the most exciting young goalkeepers in world football at the moment, so it's natural that he wants to play having excelled at the Vicente Calderon over the past three years.
Whether or not Chelsea will provide him with the platform to continue his development, only time will tell. But Real Madrid might not represent the smartest transfer option either.
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