Real Madrid agree a fee for Thibaut Courtois

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Spanish giants Real Madrid have agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for a fee between €35-40million.

Future in doubt for a while

Courtois’ future has in the past been subject to debate, as the highly-rated stopper has just a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international has enjoyed a good World Cup and has previously expressed his desire to leave the south west London club. A move to Los Blancos would not come as a massive surprise. When asked if he would consider a move back to Madrid, where he previously enjoyed a loan spell with Atletico, Courtois said that his heart was in the Spanish capital.

One of the best goalkeepers in the world

Courtois is seen by many as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The fact that the giant ‘keeper won the Golden Gloves award at the World Cup illustrated his status at the top of the goalkeeping tree.

Real Madrid has long been linked with both Courtois and Manchester United’s David de Gea, as they searched for a top goalkeeper. Current number one Keylor Navas is a reliable goalkeeper, but it seems nobody at the club sees him as a long-term number one.

Chelsea will need a replacement

If as expected, Courtois leaves the club this summer, the Blues will need to find a replacement. Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson is reportedly a transfer target for the former champions.

However, Liverpool are in negotiations to sign the highly-rated stopper. Morning media reports suggest that the Blues could re-sign Petr Cech from Arsenal or make a move for Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.

Losing Courtois will be a big blow to the Blues, and they have to move quickly to sign a replacement with the Premier League kick-off less than a month away.

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