Real Madrid’s annual transfer splash for 2017 may come in the shape of David de Gea or Thibuat Courtois, if reports from The Sun are to be believed.
It seems that Los Blancos are taking a backward step from their attacking midfield and striker signing policy, with the two Premier League glovesmen very much on their radar as the Spaniards seek to finally find an orthodox long-term replacement for departed club hero, Iker Casillas, and push aside current custodian, Keylor Navas.
Although Chelsea and Man United fans may be tempted to bat this away, it’s understood that BOTH players are keen on the idea of heading back to Madrid, where they have both played for the Bernabeu-based outfit’s cross-city rivals, Atletico.
We all know that it will be one or the other should Real come calling – a double swoop would be bizarre – which got us thinking: which goalie is better on current form?
Well, the numbers have been crunched and it seems that Real should be chasing Courtois. The Belgian has kept more clean sheets and conceded fewer goals this season in Premier League action, and while his saves count is lower than De Gea’s, his return in terms of saves-per-goal-shipped is better. The pair are level when it comes to distribution accuracy (67%), but Courtois has shown he can be more commanding when it comes to set pieces and crosses with nine punches to two.
Good news for Jose Mourinho…