Chelsea have endured a tough campaign this season with every player in the squad performing below par that has resulted in the club finishing without the prospect of European football next year, alongside several stars at Stamford Bridge considering their future at the club.
Despite claims by Sky Sports that Courtois remains committed to the former Premier League champions, the situation still remains uncertain, and with new manager Antonio Conte arriving at the club in the summer, it's a problem he will have to resolve.
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We look at the top five goalkeepers who have the credentials to succeed the 23-year-old at west London should he choose to leave the club.
5. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)
The Italian starlet is destined for success after coming through the ranks at AC Milan and is already the first-choice keeper for the Rossoneri ahead of club veteran Christian Abbiati and Spaniard Diego Lopez, despite being just 17-years-old.
Clubs have scouted the youngster extensively throughout this term and AC Milan could expect some incoming bids for the prodigy before the start of next season.
The Milan-based outfit value him around £30million and by selling Courtois, the Blues could easily match that valuation.
4. Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)
Bernd Leno is one of the brightest young talents hailing from Germany and his scintillating performances this year have helped Bayer Leverkusen achieve a Champions League spot for next season.
Linked with Liverpool and Real Madrid in recent months, Leno has admitted he remains committed to Leverkusen at least for next season, but the club could choose to cash in on the brilliant keeper should formal offers come in.
His current contract ends in 2018, as per Transfermarkt.com and with just two years remaining on the deal, clubs are lining up to lure him away from Bay Arena.
Leno’s commendable showings earned him a national team call-up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers in October 2015 but is yet to feature in national colours.
However, he would surely be travelling to France for the Euros as a backup option to Manuel Neuer.
3. Fraser Forster (Southampton)
The Englishman set a record of not conceding a goal for 708 minutes earlier this term for Southampton after a sensational comeback from a ruptured tendon that sidelined him for nearly a year.
Since the news of Courtois’ departure from Stamford Bridge surfaced, Forster emerged as the leading candidate to replace him. The 28-year-old revealed that it is an honour for him to be linked with such a big club like Chelsea, but insisted his focus is solely on Southampton and England, as per ESPN.
With experience in the Premier League, the England international would take no time to settle in the capital, making an instant impact upon arrival.
A bid around £12million could seal the deal for Chelsea.
2. Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
The Barcelona ace joined the Catalan giants signing a five-year deal in 2014. Into his second season with the La Liga champions, Ter Stegen has managed less than 50 appearances for the club – mainly featuring in cup competitions and European tournaments.
Claudio Bravo remains the first-choice keeper for the Blaugrana in the league while the German is given priority in Europe. The 24-year-old is set for crunch talks with the hierarchy about his future and it is highly likely Ter Stegen would leave for pastures new.
Although he has a buy-out clause at €80million, Barcelona would be inclined to do business with interested clubs if Ter Stegen decides to quit Camp Nou.
If available, the Blues should not wait any longer as the German international would be the ideal replacement for Courtois in the long run.
Barcelona, themselves, are in pursuit of Courtois but might have to part with close to £50million for his services, as reported by The Sun.
1. Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)
Undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the current campaign among the top five European leagues.
Navas has been able to prove his worth after last summer’s deadline day transfer fiasco involving Manchester United star David De Gea. The Costa Rican has registered 20 clean sheets so far this term in all competitions.
Navas has all the attributes to be regarded as a world-class shot-stopper, that includes penalty saving, close-range saves, long shot saves and reflexes.
If the Santiago Bernabeu outfit again contemplates on bringing in David de Gea, Chelsea should move for Navas who has been highly underrated since moving to the Spanish capital.
A swap deal could also be in the reckoning if Real Madrid prefer Courtois to replace the 29-year-old next summer.
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