Real Madrid are considering a summer swoop for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
It remains to be seen whether the Spanish giants will make a formal offer for the Belgian – but the discussions represent a significant development in his increasingly unclear future.
Chelsea want £65million for Courtois, believing he is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world.
The price is likely to prove a stumbling block, but there is a willingness from Chelsea to conclude a deal which could work in Real’s favour as they look to secure a cheaper price.
The Blues are open to offloading one of their elite players this summer and Courtois is among those the club will listen to offers for.
Likewise, Courtois is open to leaving Stamford Bridge ahead of next season as he looks to continue playing Champions League football.
Returning to Madrid, where he spent three seasons playing for Atletico, is the 23-year-old’s priority if he is to leave
Incoming manager Antonio Conte has been doing his homework on Chelsea’s players ahead of his arrival after Euro 2016.
And it is understood the Italian has apprehensions about the Belgian’s attitude after hearing concerning reports about the shot-stopper, according to the Daily Mail.
Courtois, who suffered a serious knee injury in training earlier this season, has doubts over the methods of the club’s goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon.
Indeed, the Belgium international has expressed his concerns to members of staff at the club’s Cobham HQ, something that has got back to Conte.