Transfer report: Real Madrid believe it will be easier to sign Thibaut Courtois than David de Gea in the summer
Real Madrid have moved their attention to Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Saturday, February 10, 2018
The Spanish giants are prioritising a move for a top class goalkeeper when the transfer window reopens and will turn to the Premier League to land their next long-term number one.
De Gea, who left Atletico Madrid to join Man United in 2011, has been long linked with a return to his homeland but Real have been left frustrated in their chase.
Los Blancos were close to finally signing the Spanish number one at the end of the 2015 summer transfer window, but De Gea ended up staying and signing a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.
Real were expected to relaunch their bid to bring the 27-year-old back to Madrid this summer, but, according to the Independent, they will not attempt to sign Courtois from Chelsea first.
The Belgian spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid and he still has roots in the city – his two children and their mother still live there – and he admitted in a recent interview that his ‘heart is in Madrid’.
He is currently in talks over a new deal with Chelsea, but nothing has been agreed yet and Real are hoping they have a chance to bring him to the Bernabeu in the summer.
It is claimed Real bosses will considering paying up to £100million for a top goalkeeper, which would smash all the previous transfer records.
The current world record fee for a goalkeeper stands at £34.7m, which Manchester City payed Benfica to sign Ederson last summer. That deal eclipsed the £32.6m it cost Juventus to buy Gianluigi Buffon from Parma in 2001, which remained the record fee for 16 years.