Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is willing to pay Chelsea whatever it takes to land goalkeeper Thibault Courtois on a permanent deal, according to the Express.

Courtois has spent the last three seasons on loan with the Spanish capital club, and has established himself as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe during that time.

Reports have suggested Jose Mourinho is looking to bring the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season to provide competition for Petr Cech.

However, Courtois insists he will not be satisfied playing back-up to anyone, having played as a first team regular in Spain for two-and-a-half-years.

Atletico remain hopeful a deal can be struck that would keep the 21-year-old at the Vicente Calderon on a permanent basis.

When asked if he would spend £20million to sign Courtois, Simeone said: “Definitely.

“For me anything paid for Courtois would be cheap.

“He’s a young guy who has a huge future and is on track to becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

“Signing a goalkeeper of his caliber would be a big step, but it will not be easy.

“It depends on what Courtois wants, his club (Chelsea) knows our needs, but it is not up to us, because he is not our player.”

Courtois had previously urged Chelsea to give him a certain answer over his future, and now it seems the foundations for a permanent move to Spain have been laid.

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