Chelsea star attracting La Liga interest

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is a transfer target for La Liga champions Barcelona, according to reports from Marca.

The Catalan giants are looking to draft in a new number one stopper with current first choice Victor Valdes set to leave the Nou Camp once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Liverpool’s Pepe Reina – who is presently on loan at Napoli – was thought to be their top target, but now it has emerged that the club are monitoring Courtois.

Despite being a Chelsea player, the 21-year-old is yet to make an appearance for the Blues since his 2011 move to the London club from Genk.

Upon penning a contract at Stamford Bridge the Belgian was immediately loaned to Atletico Madrid, where he has remained ever since.

His impressive form in the Spanish top flight has alerted Barca, who could be willing to test Jose Mourinho’s willingness to keep the youngster next summer.

Courtois was tipped to return to Chelsea after last season, but the club elected to allow him to stay with Atletico to gain further first-team experience.

Barca are also keen on Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who is believed to have a verbal agreement in place to discuss a move to the club next year.

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