Belgium newspaper HLN have revealed on Thursday that over the past couple of weeks Real Madrid approached Chelsea about signing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Real Madrid are known to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper with Iker Casillas’ performances’ having dropped in recent months.
The Manchester United goalkeeper seems set to sign on at the Bernabeu in the coming days but initially Real Madrid made an inquiry about Courtois.
Chelsea CEO Marina Granovskaia made the Premier League champions position very clear: Thibaut Courtois would cost any suitor 100 million euros (73 million pounds).
This fee is almost double the world transfer value of a goalkeeper – Gianluigi Buffon transferred from Parma to Juventus for 52 million euros in 2001.
Despite the fact that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a huge fan of Courtois, Los Blancos quickly turned their attentions to De Gea.
At 23-years-old, Courtois is probably worth a fee not too shy of 100 million euros, after all the Belgian could play on for another 15 years.
Chelsea’s transfer for Courtois from Genk in 2011 went down as an “undisclosed fee” but was reportedly for 9 million euros.