The champions of Europe,Real Madrid, are not ready to give up on signing Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois just yet, as they look to reinforce their defensive line. Real Madrid might have Keylor Navas in front of goal at present, though they want the Blues star as well, as they look to win more titles in the season.
Los Blancos want to win more titles and feel Courtois can be the man to help them do so. Both parties are interested in getting a deal done, with the champions of Spain making their interest known to the goalie, while the Belgian international’s camp reverting in the affirmative too. On the other hand, the English giants don’t wish to sell, but will have to cash in on him, if he wants to go, as confirmed by Guillem Balague.
The west London outfit have already started looking for an alternative option for the 25-year-old superstar, as they feel that he might be on the verge of an exit from Stamford Bridge in the days to follow, with his ex-girlfriend already living in the Spanish capital with their two kids. Antonio Conte is a fan of Sevilla's Sergio Rico and Atlético's Jan Oblak, who have really impressed in recent times, though there are other options on the list of alternatives as well.
Courtois’ current deal with the Premier League giants sees him make £100,000 a week and the former Atletico Madrid man is in the final 18 months of his contract with the Londoners. In recent weeks he had rejected an opening offer that did not meet his demands of getting double the pay than what he is getting at present, due to which the possibility of an exit from Stamford Bridge is surely on the cards.
The Italian manager will be eager to keep hold of his star players, though when Real and Florentino Perez want to sign some star, it will be tough to do so. The Chelsea main-man has been trying his best to make things work out for his team, though Manchester City’s dominance in the league has been really hard to match.
Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga is all set to move to the Bernabeu in the new year and if that is the case, things could get complicated at Real, with three really high-quality keepers battling for the first team place. With that said and done, Conte will not want to lose one of the best keepers in England at present, who has already helped the London based club win a couple of league titles and more.
Despite that, it will be quite tough for the club to retain his services unless they are really ready to empty their pockets and offer him a much better deal.