The Belgian goalkeeper has spent that last three campaigns at the Vicente Calderon, with his fantastic displays – which helped the Rojiblancos to the La Liga title last term – having earned him a reputation as one of Europe’s best young stoppers.
As a result, Chelsea are ready to hand him a new five-year contract and make him their number one for the 2014/15 campaign.
Jose Mourinho himself is said to have issued instructions to prevent Courtois, 22, from leaving on loan once again, but in order to keep him at Stamford Bridge Cech will be sacrificed.
The experienced glovesman has been a mainstay in the Blues’ XI since his 2004 arrival from Rennes, but the club are willing to usher him out of the door in order to build for the future.
The 32-year-old has already been linked with a number of top clubs including Paris Saint-Germain – who are also close to signing David Luiz – and Tottenham.
Despite having made over 450 outings for Chelsea in a fine spell which has yielded Premier League titles and the Champions League, the Czech Republic international may be tempted by a move to avoid being left on the bench in favour of Courtois.