Chelsea face fight to keep hold of star shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois

Courtois podría ser el primer fichaje de la era Lopetegui

The Belgian is due to return to Chelsea training over the next few days after helping his country finish third at the World Cup and being voted the best goalkeeper in Russian Federation.

Courtois previously spent three years at Atletico Madrid and now is ready to link up with their city rivals.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Spanish side Real Madrid tabled a £41.5m bid for Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois for him to leave the Premier League for a move to Spain.

Reports on Wednesday claimed Courtois had handed the FA Cup holders an ultimatum, threatening to walk away in 12 month's time unless he is sold this summer but Lopetegui, who replaced Zinedine Zidane in June, is adamant he is satisfied with Real Madrid's current goalkeepers.

Numerous reports have suggested that Madrid have offered £35m for Courtois, and Henrotay urged Chelsea to take their goalkeeper's wishes into consideration. "But he has turned down a better offer elsewhere because this is more than a financial decision". "It's very important for us to keep the top players". "Or they would still have to sign a replacement next summer, but without getting a fee for Thibaut", he explained.

However, the club are yet to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and the English transfer window closes in just nine days.

Jordan Pickford would be a goalkeeper perfectly suited to Maurizio Sarri's style of play at Chelsea FC, according to Adam Bate.

It's claimed that Willian has informed Chelsea that he has a problem with his passport, but the club aren't buying it one bit. So I don't know the situation in this moment. It depends especially on him, I think.

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