Chelsea plan to send Belgian superstar to La Liga to entice brilliant striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico de Madrid.
Chelsea will attempt to sign Radamel Falcao from Atletico de Madrid this summer, and will offer their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as part of the deal according to the Daily Mirror.
The Colombian goal machine has been one of the best players in Europe this season, with his 25 goals in 29 La Liga appearances a tremendously impressive record.
It is one that Chelsea forward Fernando Torres is unable to match, and the Spain international has shown few signs of escaping his poor form.
If form is temporary and class is permanent, it can’t be long before Torres’ current malaise is deemed unrecoverable.
In contrast, Falcao is in the form of his life, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will certainly remember the first half hat-trick scored by the Atleti striker in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup against his team.
This season, the Blues became the first team defending the UEFA Champions League trophy to be eliminated at the group stage, and if there had been a top class forward leading the line, perhaps things might have been different.
Having blown a eye watering £50 million on signing Fernando Torres from Liverpool though, Roman Abramovich will be wary of getting burned again – and perhaps that is the reason they are offering up another asset in return.
Thibaut Courtois cost Chelsea around £8m, but has been so impressive on loan at Atleti that he would be worth considerably more than that today.
One of the best goalkeepers in the world alongside Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer, Petr Cech would face real competition for his place if Courtois were to ever make a competitive appearance for Chelsea.
However, it appears that the Blues could risk losing one of their best value signings before they have even made a mark at Stamford Bridge – and whether the gamble pays off long term remains to be seen.