Real Madrid are ready to offer Thibaut Courtois a hefty wage packet in a bid to entice the Chelsea goalkeeper back to La Liga.
The Blues shot stopper is on the radar of the Spanish giants, according to the Sun, and Los Blancos are reportedly so keen on bringing him back to Spain’s capital that they will attempt to lure him with a massive salary, even if one is not required to sway Courtois into upping sticks.
Courtois has replaced Manchester United’s David De Gea as Real’s number one goalkeeping target in recent months and, coupled with the 24-year-old’s comments about one day wanting to return to Spain, could see Real strike a deal for him sooner rather than later.
The Belgian international has been in red hot form for Chelsea this term, with the Londoners flying high in first place in the Premier League table after just conceding two goals in the past 12 league matches.
Antonio Conte would be notably upset if Chelsea decided to cash in one of their key assets, and has allegedly informed the club’s hierarchy to hand him a wage increase in a bid to retain his services,
However, the Sun also claims that any efforts to keep Courtois at Stamford Bridge may be fruitless, given Courtois’ love for Madrid after he spent three seasons on loan at Real’s city rivals Atletico, and his determination to one day move back to the continent will no doubt aid Real’s cause to sign him.
Courtois is likely keen on helping Chelsea seal the 2016/17 English top flight title, but Real boss Zinedine Zidane will likely ask Real’s board to sanction a move for Courtois in the close season.
Courtois was installed as Chelsea’s new number one keeper following his three-year loan spell at Atletico, and helped the club win the Premier League during his first season as part of the senior set up.
He has gone on to feature 87 times for Chelsea, and has kept 33 clean sheets during that time.
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