Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will reportedly agree to let keeper Thibaut Courtois leave for Real Madrid in exchange for striker Alvaro Morata. Madrid are thought to have made Courtois one of their top targets after being knocked back in their pursuit of Manchester United’s David de Gea, and are reportedly “willing to break the bank” this summer in order to land their man.
Despite current first-choice Keylor Navas helping the Bernabeu giants to a run of 40 matches without defeat that ended last weekend, Madrid are now wanting the Chelsea star.
Courtois’ current five-year deal at Stamford Bridge runs out in June 2019 – and so far he has failed to agree an extension.
Real have set aside 30million Euros (£25.9m) to tempt the Belgium international, who spent three seasons on loan from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, back to the Spanish capital, and preliminary talks are reportedly underway with the Courtois camp. Morata, 24, has struggled for game time since his return to the Bernabeu last summer, featuring just 13 times in La Liga albeit with a decent return of five goals and two assists.
Conte is a huge fan of Morata, having previously signed him for Juventus in 2014, and sees him “as the ideal striker in terms of his style, technical ability and personality”.
AC Milan keeper Diego Lopez and Manchester City outcast Joe Hart are reportedly in the frame to replace Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
And the latest News doing the rounds is that Courtois has already purchased a property in the capital ahead of an expected move away, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.