Thibaut Courtois will get his wish of joining Real Madrid only after Chelsea bring in a replacement for the Belgium international.
The Catalan media has carried reports about the list of players who can replace the former Atletico Madrid man at Stamford Bridge. On July 23rd, Mundo Deportivo mentioned Manchester City shot stopper Joe Hart ‘could be arriving’ at the west London club for €6m.
Today’s edition of the same newspaper claims Jack Butland has joined his compatriot and Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel as targets for the FA Cup winners. The report says the Blues’ ‘option to sign’ the Stoke City player is ‘larger’ than other alternatives.
This is because the Potters will play in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League, and Mundo Deportivo says he is considered one of the best keepers in England.
Butland is ahead of AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma in the list of targets for Maurizio Sarri’s side as Chelsea’s director of football considers him as a ‘good’ replacement for Courtois.