In Focus: Chelsea unlikely to receive a Real Madrid offer for Courtois

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Real Madrid could reignite their interest in Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois should they fail with a move for Manchester United stopper David De Gea this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, according to reports in The Sunday Times, the Red Devils are demanding £66m if Real want to sign De Gea before the summer transfer window slams shut, although they could accept the likes of Alvaro Morata as part of the deal too as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his squad.

However, the Daily Mail suggests the figure United want is closer to £80m, and if that fee is beyond the Champions League winners then they could turn their attentions to Courtois.

Zinedine Zidane’s men were heavily linked with a move for the Belgian last summer, but a deal failed to materialise as Chelsea wanted to keep hold of their first choice keeper.

Do the Blues need to be worried?

It depends.

With Mourinho reportedly willing to sell De Gea this summer with the Spain international hoping to return to his home nation, there is a deal to be done with Real Madrid – whether it is a flat free or includes a player such as Morata or James Rodriguez, who was left out of the squad for the Champions League final.

However, if the price tag on De Gea’s head proves to be too much the Conte will certainly be concerned considering Courtois enjoyed such a successful spell with Atletico Madrid previously.

How important is Courtois to Chelsea?

He is hugely important and showed what a brilliant goalkeeper he is as the Blues strolled to the Premier League title.

While he has had his dodgy moments, the 25-year-old has brilliant reflexes and commands his area so well that he has established himself as one of the best in the Premier League, if not Europe.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, all the signs point to De Gea completing a move to Real Madrid this summer unless the Red Devils stand too firm, and a move for the Spaniard would end all interest from the La Liga champions in Courtois.

Even if they fail to get De Gea, Real may find themselves being quoted a similar price should they register their interest in the Belgian.

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