Real Madrid planning summer move for another Chelsea star, with Courtois likely to return

Real Madrid could be set to make a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to the TEAMtalk. The 24-year-old has had a steady first season in the Blues goal since becoming the world’s most expensive stopper last summer following his £72million switch from Athletic Bilbao.

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However, the Spaniard’s future at Stamford Bridge has become uncertain after he infamously refused to be substituted in the League Cup final defeat to Manchester City in February a move which publicly humiliated boss Maurizio Sarri. Now it’s reported that Los Blancos could offer the player a fresh start back in his homeland by launching a £50million bid.

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And with Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s Nick Pope available in the summer, the London club, who will firstly have to fight off a transfer ban, are considering selling Kepa. Real signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last summer but it’s thought that Zinedine Zidane, who was reappointed manager in March, wants to bring in a new number 1.

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Courtois played 154 times for Chelsea but his performances have come in for criticism since penning a six-year deal at the Bernabeu in August 2018.

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Real have long been linked with a move for Manchester United stopper David de Gea, but it appears that deal is too complicated to be done. De Gea is asking for significantly improved wages of £350,000-a-week at Old Trafford, which the club are stalling on, despite his contract expiring next year.

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Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pounce and sign the Spaniard, but Real appear to have distanced themselves from a bid for the 28-year-old.

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Longtime Real Madrid transfer target Eden Hazard is the main player we can bet on to join Los Blancos this summer, however, Chelsea are holding out for £100m despite Hazard having just over a year left on his contract.  The situation is made complicated by Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban, which will come into effect this summer, with the Blues’ appeal to be heard on Thursday.