Chelsea seem to be preparing for all three of Eden Hazard, Willian and Thibaut Courtois to leave the club in this transfer window, according to reports.
It also appears to be the case that the Blues have been prepared for this eventuality for some time, particularly with Hazard and Willian.
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This is according to the Times, who state Chelsea have been preparing to lose both of their key attacking players for as long as six months, while they are currently planning for life without Courtois as they consider signing Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester City to replace him in goal.
Chelsea fans will surely not be too pleased with their club’s apparent lack of belief in keeping hold of their best players for so long, with Courtois a particular worry as he’s allowed to run down his contract to its final year.
This now puts CFC in a desperate situation as they must surely sell him for a reduced fee this summer or risk losing him for nothing in a year’s time.
The Times suggests the Belgium international is a £35million target for Real Madrid, while Hazard is also a target of theirs and Willian is attracting interest from both Manchester United and Barcelona.