Speculation regarding Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s future at the West London club has grown strong in the recent weeks.
The Belgian goalkeeper has repeatedly been linked with a move back to the Spanish La Liga, and now according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the Blues have offered their star player to Barcelona for £50 million. Meaning Courtois will become the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, as Juventus paid £40 million for Gianluigi Buffon to Parma in 2001.
The Belgium international, who recently refused to commit his long-term future to the Blues in an interview,
reportedly wants to play in the Champions League next season and intends to return to Spain.
It has been suggested that he is considered replaceable by incoming manager Antonio Conte and will be sold if the club get a lucrative offer for him in the summer.
Chelsea have already started preparing for the Belgian’s eventual departure and have scouted Southampton’s Fraser Forster and Stoke City’s Jack Butland as potential replacements for him.
Courtois has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid as reports have suggested that Los Blancos have turned their focus from Manchester United’s David de Gea to the former Atletico man.
Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain are another club which hold an interest in the player.