The future of Thibaut Courtois has rumbled on in the background for a number of months, but reports today are linking Chelsea with a shock move for a potential replacement if he leaves.
Courtois is yet to sign a new deal, with his current contract at Stamford Bridge set to expire in just 18 months. While Chelsea are desperate for him to stay, they are seemingly reluctant to meet his demands of being one of the highest paid goalkeepers in the world.
He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, a move made all the more attractive considering that his two children live in the Spanish capital with his now ex girlfriend, Marta Dominguez.
By the time the next transfer window opens in the summer, Courtois will have just 12 months remaining on his deal, meaning Chelsea could have to cash in on him if there has been no progress in his contract talks. Real Madrid had looked set to sign Athletic Bilbao ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga last month, but he surprisingly committed his future to the Basque club by signing a contract which includes an €80m release clause, prompting speculation of a once again increased interest in Courtois.
While Chelsea are still hopeful they can keep him at the club beyond 2019, reports today suggest they are making contingency plans in case he leaves the club in the summer.
The Sun on Sunday claim that the Blues are interested in signing Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart, who is currently on loan at West Ham United, as a potential replacement for the Belgian.
Hart was famously axed from the Manchester City team by Pep Guardiola before he had even kicked a ball under the Catalan coach’s stewardship, with Claudio Bravo, and latterly Ederson Moraes having been brought in has his replacement. hart was sent out on loan to Torino last season, while is currently on loan under David Moyes at the London Stadium.
He has recently put in a string of poor performances for the Hammers, which has seen him replaced by Adrian as the first choice ‘keeper, but that seemingly doesn’t bother Chelsea who are now considering a move for his services.