Chelsea face real concern, Euro giants set sights on key figure as crucial replacement

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Juventus have a problem on their hands at the end of the season, and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could be the solution according to reports.

The Turin giants will have to deal with life without Gianluigi Buffon as the legendary Italian goalkeeper will bring an end to a glittering career next summer, having joined the club back in 2001 from Parma.

With 636 appearances for the club, he has undoubtedly written his name into Juve folklore, winning countless trophies along the way.

However, despite signing Wojciech Szczesny last summer as a potential long-term replacement for Buffon, it seems as though the Bianconeri aren’t entirely convinced by the Polish shot-stopper.

That’s because Het Laaste Nieuws, as re-reported by The Sun, claim that Juve are looking at Courtois, joining Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to land the Belgian’s signature.

It remains to be seen whether or not Szczesny can put a stop to that search for a new successor with his form this season when given an opportunity and in training, but if not, that should be a serious concern for Chelsea as that trio of European giants could pose a problem in their bid to keep Courtois at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old was signed by the Blues in 2011, before spending a successful loan spell at Atletico Madrid. After returning in 2014, he has undoubtedly gone on to establish himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League, and Antonio Conte will be desperate to keep hold of him for the foreseeable future.

Few can fill the shoes of a legendary figure like Buffon who has been a reliable and consistent stalwart for club and country for well over a decade, but time will tell if Juve are in the market again next summer or if Szczesny’s their man.

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