“New boss Maurizio Sarri has previously declared he wants to speak to Thibaut Courtois face-to-face, in order to try and convince him to be part of his plans.”
According to the Sun, the Blues are trying to persuade Courtois to reject Real’s advances, however, he has now issued them with a definitive ultimatum.
The 26-year-old is understood to have decided once and for all that he has no intention of signing a new deal and wants a Bernabeu switch.
Chelsea’s issue is that they are apparently reluctant to spend more than £20m on Courtois’ replacement, despite the fact they could likely sell him now for £35m.
This limited budget would leave them searching for a cut-price ‘keeper, as the world’s highest-rated glovesmen, such as Alisson Becker – who recently signed for Liverpool for £67m, are now far out of their price range.
New boss Maurizio Sarri has previously declared he wants to speak to Thibaut Courtois face-to-face, in order to try and convince him to be part of his plans.
However, as Belgium featured in the third-place play-off at the World Cup, he is not due back at the club’s Cobham training base until next week, with just two days left of the transfer window.