In a somewhat complex development to the Thibaut Courtois transfer saga, here’s the latest update from Spain as the Chelsea goalkeeper’s agent tries to get him a move to Real Madrid.
Having given a very clear interview in the Sun urging Chelsea to let his client get his preferred move to Madrid, Courtois’ representative Christophe Henrotay has now supposedly got in touch with another big-name agent.
Don Balon reports that Henrotay has asked the notorious Mino Raiola to get his client, AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma a switch to Stamford Bridge in the next couple of days.
Although Raiola is unsure about Donnarumma being tempted by such a deal after another ambitious summer in the transfer market from Milan, Don Balon suggest this could help speed things along and get the Courtois deal done within the next 48 hours.
Chelsea fans would surely take this, with highly-rated youngster Donnarumma showing himself to be one of the finest shot-stoppers in the game in recent times.
The Evening Standard linked the Italy international with CFC earlier this summer in a potential swap deal involving Alvaro Morata, though that is perhaps less likely now given the club signed Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus to fill that centre-forward position.
Still, Corriere della Sera (translated by Calciomercato) have previously reported that Milan could accept around £53million for the 19-year-old, which seems a reasonable price if Chelsea are to realistically land a new no.1 with anywhere near the quality of Courtois.
Blues supporters will now just hope Donnarumma can be swayed and this whole messy Courtois saga can finally come to a close imminently.
What happens next is anyone’s guess, however, as well-connected Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur claimed earlier today that Chelsea were still looking determined not to sell.
This ties in with what the Mail have recently claimed about CFC looking for a replacement before letting Courtois go, though Donnarumma would surely fit the bill if he becomes an option.