10bet, alongside several bookmakers, have increased the odds of Chelsea’s number one shot stopper, Thirbaut Courtois, leaving Stamford Bridge in the near future. Information from reputable sources have confirmed that Real Madrid have opened contact with Courtois’ camp informing them of their willingness to bid for the services of the Belgium International and it seems the player’s camp have indicated interest.
Courtois had in a recent interview revealed that he would welcome a move to the Spanish capital in order to be reunited with his two kids who currently live there with his ex girlfriend and this would not have been unnoticed by Madrid’s hierarchy who have been searching for a ‘galactico’ shot stopper since the end of Iker Casillas’ era. David De Gea, have for sometime being regarded as the most preferred choice to permanently inherit Casillas’s number one shirt and were it not for an infamous ‘fax error’, he would have been donning the famous Los Blancos colours by now.
Following his failed move to the Spanish Capital,however, De Gea signed a lucrative contract at Manchester United –committing his long term future the Old Trafford outfit. It ended Madrid’s hope of securing the services of the Spanish goalkeeper, who is widely regarded as the best in the world. Any transfer will be complicated and very expensive as United have made it known that their Star is not for sale at any price.
With this in mind, Madrid’s long time President and construction magnate, Florentino Perez, have prioritized Chelsea’s Thirbaut Courtois in the hope that the goal keeper’s desire to reunite with his kids and the allure of playing for a club of Madrid’s stature will prove enough bait to convince him to depart West London.
Chelsea have prepared a Plan A and Plan B for the 25-year-old, and Plan B sees the Premier League champions ready to hand Courtois a new contract that would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world.
His current deal, around £100,000-a-week, expires in 18 months‘ time, and in May the Belgian rejected an opening offer from Chelsea that was below his £200,000 wage demand.
In recent weeks, his representatives have sat down with the Premier League club in an attempt to move closer to an agreement, but significant progress is yet to be made.
Courtois had won the golden glove award for keeping the most clean sheets in the Premier League last season and has been in impressive form in the current campaign. The big Belgian has so far registered 10 clean sheets in the League this season, joint-highest alongside David de Gea and Man City’s Ederson, while Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris has seven.
Courtois’ save percentage (73.1 per cent) is higher than both Ederson (69.2) and Lloris (67.2), while Courtois has not made an error leading to a goal in the Premier League in the past two seasons, compared with De Gea (one), Ederson (one) and Lloris (five).
And though Ederson’s pass completion (87.4 per cent) towers above other Premier League goalkeepers, Courtois’ rate (71.3) far outweighs former Real target De Gea’s (55.3).
If Courtois doesn’t agree to extend his contract, Chelsea would look to complete talks over his transfer as soon as possible, even if the move were not to take place until the summer.
As a replacement, Antonio Conte is an admirer of Sevilla’s Sergio Rico and Atletico’s Jan Oblak, among others names on the wish list. A move for the latter will be the most likely.