Duncan Castles has told Arab News that Chelsea will look to offload goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid for 100 million euros if the Belgian refuses to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United man De Gea is waiting on a new contract offer from the powers that be at Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho, a close ally of Castles, has made his desire to keep the Spaniard clear in public.
On the other hand, Courtois is stalling on a new contract with the Blues and if he doesn’t sign, the powers that be at Stamford Bridge will be ruthless and pragmatic – letting him leave provided Real pay their 100m euro asking price.
Chelsea preferred Courtois to club legend Petr Cech during Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, logically concluding that it was a move made with the future in mind.
The Blues must have thought that, in Courtois, they didn’t have to worry about their goalkeeping situation for the next ten years.
If they sell to Real, they will be faced with a further conundrum in the summer that already has the potential to be tumultuous.
Antonio Conte will surely leave, experienced defenders such as David Luiz and Gary Cahill might need replacing, the striker situation is still a concern and there is always the fear that Eden Hazard will depart the club.
That means, despite the fact that they would hope to pocket more than double Courtois’ market value – he is valued at £45m by Transfermarkt – and it would be a good deal financially, it would be another inconvenience that they could do without this summer.
There isn’t any other way to dress it up; losing one of the best goalkeepers in Europe would not be good business, no matter what the price.