Spaniards to offer Chelsea tempting swap deal

Real Madrid are plotting to tempt Chelsea into letting Thibaut Courtois head to the Bernabeu by allowing highly-rated defender Raphael Varane to join the Blues in a swap deal, according to reports from The Express.

The Belgian goalie returned to Stamford Bridge over the summer after a stunning three-year loan stint with Atletico Madrid and has since kept veteran stopper Petr Cech out of Jose Mourinho’s XI.

And after his impressive spell in Spain and solid showings in the Premier League, Real are pondering him as an alternative to David de Gea of Manchester United.

Los Blancos have been linked with the Red Devils stopper, but claims that he will not leave Old Trafford have come as a blow to the European champions.

Even though Courtois is a key man in Mourinho’s Chelsea side, the Bernabeu giants are keen to lure him back to Madrid, with Varane a sweetener in the deal.

The Londoners were linked with a deadline day raid for the Frenchman last week, and the ‘Special One’ has previously described him as one of the best young centre-backs around.


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