The Sun claim that Antonio Conte has agreed to allow Thibaut Courtois to depart the club for Real Madrid, but only on the condition that the deal involves a swap for their striker Alvaro Morata. Conte worked with Morata at Juventus and was keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the summer but a deal could not be struck.
The Spaniard has struggled for regular starts this term since returning to Madrid, but a deal involving Courtois could be the perfect opportunity for all parties with the Belgian dreaming of a return to the city where he spent two years on loan.
It’s highly unlikely that Courtois will be going anywhere before the end of the season, but he may have new competition in goal as the club hunt for a replacement for Asmir Begovic. BBC Sport, however, claims that Celtic have informed the Blues that the 34-year-old is not for sale.
The former Sunderland stopper has been the club’s first choice for the vast majority of the season under Brendan Rodgers and has conceded just twice in their last eight SPL fixtures as the Hoops lead the title race convincingly just as Chelsea do in the Premier League.
Sky Sports believe that Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season to seal one more Premier League winners medal despite failing to convince Antonio Conte that he deserves to start on a regular basis. Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan are all believed to be interested.
It seems inevitable that the World Cup winner will eventually depart in the summer, but his presence and experience could be vital as the side look to see out their title challenge in the closing months of the campaign.
Featured Image: All rights reserved by Aneka News.