Stamford Brdige side slap huge price tag on young goalkeeper.
Chelsea are hoping to put off potential suitors for Thibault Courtois by slapping a massive price tag on the player according to The London Evening Standard.
The Belgian goalkeeper has been attracting the attention of a host of top European clubs after putting in some impressive performances while out on loan at Atletico Madrid.
Atletico are keen to sign the player on a permanent deal, while his performances in La Liga have also alerted the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The 20 year old is keen to continue playing first team football and is worried about his chances of displacing current Stamford Bridge number one Peter Cech any time soon.
The Chelsea hierarchy have moved to reassure the player however as they rate him as a bright prospect for the future.
While they are happy to consider loan options, they have insisted that they see Courtois as the long term successor to Cech.
In an attempt at putting off any club thinking of making an approach for the player, the club has slapped a £20 million asking price on the youngster.
That may not be enough to deter the interested parties though as Manchester United paid Atletico Madrid £19 million for David De Gea two years ago with many believing Courtois to be of superior ability to the Spanish stopper.