Chelsea are desperate to keep Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois beyond the current campaign despite being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, according to reports.
The Belgian who conceded just a goal against Barcelona on Tuesday has been a source of transfer speculation since 2016 summer as reports suggested he could be going back to Spain where his family stay.
In their bid to avoid losing the goalie in the upcoming transfer period, Chelsea have offered him a mouthwatering contract deal which will make him the world’s highest paid goalkeeper.
The deal is reportedly going to earn the Belgian more than £200,000 as his weekly wage. According to the Telegraph, the Blues had already prepared the contract offer since last year December, but they failed to present it to the shot stopper due to intense pressure from Real Madrid who were desperate to snatch the former Atletico Madrid man from Stamford Bridge.
The Los Blancos are also tracking Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea who has been in great form since he replaced Edwin Van der Saar in 2012.
Fiorentino Perez, Madrid’s president, has been a long-time admirer of the Spaniard and he has tried all he could to acquire his services, but all efforts were unproductive.
Due to Madrid’s inability to get De Gea, they turned their attention to Courtois whom they believe will be easier to get as his current contract with the Blues expires by the end of next season.