Following a reduction in their player registration ban by CAS from two transfer windows to just one, Real Madrid are already making plans for the summer of 2017, when they will be able to sign new players once again.
According to Radio Onda Cero, cited in AS, Los Blancos are already ‘negotiating’ with Chelsea’s number one Thibaut Courtois, who previously played three seasons with rivals Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2014.
Real had been courting Courtois, who won two Zamora trophies (Goalkeeper of the Year) while in la Liga, prior to the 24-year-old signing a contract extension in London in 2014.
AS claim that Real president Florentino Perez’s main obstacle in landing the target will be negotiating with Chelsea, who will not be keen to relinquish a key asset, although the Belgian international himself may relish the chance to return to Spain.
The former Genk stopper was quoted in the Independent back in September on the subject of receiving a get well soon message from the Club World Cup winners, and his eventual desire to return to his perceived second home.
“When I hurt my knee I was sent a fax [by Real Madrid] wishing me a speedy recovery,” Courtois revealed.
“From the first minute I loved Spain for its people, the way of life, the food.
“Today I still have the food and eat dinner late, the siesta, the television I watch most is Spanish. I feel half Spanish,” he added.
“When I left Spain I knew that one day I would return there.”
Courtois has kept an impressive ten clean sheets in 17 outings this season under Antonio Conte, and has established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest keepers in his two and a half seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Following the failed pursuit of David de Gea from Manchester United in the summer of 2015, Real Madrid have kept faith with Keylor Navas as their first choice between the sticks. However, the 30-year-old Costa Rican is not seen as a long term, or high-profile enough solution.