Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Blues will ask for £17m from anyone interested in signing young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the summer transfer window. Chelsea are unwilling to sell the young star, who has impressed during his two year loan spell at Atletico Madrid, and will only accept a massive offer for the Belgian. Atletico boss Diego Simeone wants to sign Courtois on a permanent deal, but has been shocked by the amount Chelsea are after, even though the 20-year-old has never played in Chelsea colours. The young goalkeeper was allowed to play against his parent club in the UEFA Super Cup in August, as Atletico thrashed Chelsea 4-1. But now the Blues see Courtois has an ideal replacement for Petr Cech, as the 30-year-old is set to complete his 9th season with the club.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Chelsea are set to make summer move for Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao, according to reports. The Portuguese international has managed just 14 La Liga appearances this term, sharing the left-back role with Brazilian star Marcelo. This lack of certainty surrounding his importance to the first-team has led to speculation that he could be on the move at the end of the season. Chelsea are long-term admirers of the 25-year-old, and could make a move in a bid to bring in a replacement for the ageing Ashley Cole. Real are believed to have placed an £18m price-tag on Coentrao, but they could be willing to accept a lower figure in a bid to push through a move.