Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would have agreed to the €100m sale of Thibaut Courtois had Real Madrid met the asking price this summer.
According to Spanish daily AS, the Stamford Bridge boss would have found it impossible to reject the irresistible offer of €100m for their star Belgian keeper; however, the La Liga BBVA giants were not prepared to table such an amount.
The newspaper claim that Real made an attempt for the 23-year-old’s signature last summer and their interest remains a year later with AS confirming that an enquiry to the Premier League champions over his availability was recently made.
The Spanish heavyweight’s mooted deal to sign David De Gea is still being negotiated with Manchester United and could be some way off completion – hence why their attention turned to Courtois.
The two sides are struggling to agree a fee over the former Atletico Madrid stopper – with Los Blancos having reportedly tabled a minimal opening bid of £13m, as they look to take advantage of the Old Trafford No.1 having entered the final year of his Red Devils contract [Daily Mail].