Chelsea have a surprise replacement in mind for Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois has refused to state he’s going to stay at Chelsea after the current season ends. The Belgian goalkeeper also revealed he prefers playing with his country’s defence.

“We’re still conceding too many goals, and that’s not entirely the defence’s fault, even though I prefer playing with Belgium’s back four”, he told RTBF, according to Goal.

With the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona interested in the 23-year-old, the Blues put a world-record price tag of £73 million on their star goalkeeper in an attempt to ward off interest from the Spanish giants, according to the Evening Standard.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have identified a surprise replacement for Courtois, should the Belgian leave Stamford Bridge. According to a report by The Sun, the Blues will be in pole position for England international and Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

It’s believed Chelsea would be willing to pay up to £20 million for the 28-year-old, who has missed much of the Saints’s season due to a patella rupture.

Forster joined Southampton in 2014 from Celtic Glasgow for £9 million. Meanwhile, Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 for almost £7 million, before being loaned to Atletico Madrid for three seasons.

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