Chelsea fans are sure to be anxious over the latest developments concerning Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian goalkeeper spoke to journalists in his homeland and revealed he is in no rush to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
He also took the chance to take a dig at his club teammates, claiming the Blues’ defence doesn’t have the same quality at its disposal as his national side.
These developments have surely roused the attention of potential suitors and some of the biggest names in Europe are said to be lining up for the custodian.
According to many in the rumour mill, Barcelona are leading the pack and it makes sense that they would be in the market for a keeper.
Claudio Bravo is 32 so is obviously not a long-term option, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen looks to be on the way out of the Nou Camp.
The German stopper publicly criticised Luis Enrique’s selection policy and stated his desire to start more games.
Jurgen Klopp is said to be a fan of the 23-year-old and a move to Liverpool is reported to be on the cards, freeing up room for Courtois to return to La Liga, where he performed so well with Atletico Madrid.
This would mean whoever takes over the managerial reins at Chelsea would be tasked with replacing the outspoken Belgian and pundits are already speculating about who could come in.
The Daily Mail present AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma as a potential candidate, with the 17-year-old Italian already reportedly being tracked by the west Londoners.
On first glance it would appear that the Spanish giants are getting the best out of this goalkeeping merry-go-round by bringing in a proven keeper with international experience, but Chelsea may end up looking back on this deal more fondly.
Donnarumma has 22 Serie A appearances to his name despite not being old enough to buy alcohol on these shores and has an endorsement from Gianluigi Buffon, with his compatriot calling him a “great keeper.”
This sets the Milan man up to be a long-term star for the future, while Courtois, who has let in a goal every 72.7 minutes this Premier League campaign, is proving to be problematic with his outspoken comments.