Thibaut Cortois was tremendous for Chelsea in his first year with the club. Will the Blues lose their star goalkeeper after just one season?
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Real Madrid has reportedly made a £72 million bid to Chelsea for starting goalkeeper Thibaut Cortois.
According to the Express, Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is willing to pony up as much as €100 million (£73m) to bring the 23-year-old Belgian goalie back to La Liga after winning the Premier League Championship as the starting goalie with the Blues and three prior years of excellence with Atletico Madrid.
With Chelsea’s other prized goalie Petr Cech ready to pack up and leave after losing his job to Cortois, it’s unlikely that Chelsea would be willing to part with Cortois for any amount of money. But if push comes to shove, Chelsea may have to choose between slightly overpaying a goalie who wants to leave and massively overpaying a goalie with just one year as a starter for the team.
Regardless, the news will undoubtedly beneficial for Manchester United, after concern that Real Madrid would be taking goalkeeper David de Gea from them after rejecting a deal to stay at Old Trafford. The Express reported that Man United had received an offer of £18 million plus add-ons for the disgruntled goalkeeper. De Gea and his family have been very coy as to his plans to either demand more money or insist on his release.