Chelsea have reportedly agreed a fee with Real Madrid over the sale of Thibaut Courtois this summer but are hoping to find a replacement before letting the goalkeeper leave.
According to a report by AS in Spain, Chelsea have resolved to letting the 2018 World Cup star leave this summer, as his stance of not signing a new deal will mean they could lose him for free next summer, with only one year remaining on his current deal.
Courtois has reportedly kept his options open for some time and has been quietly been pushing for an exit through the Stamford Bridge door for sometime now.
His silent protest can be seen in his reluctance to sign a new deal, and that has attracted Real Madrid to him.
Having spent some years in Madrid while he played for Atletico, Courtois hopes to return one day to the Spanish capital to reunite with his family.
The Daily Mail had reported earlier that Chelsea were ready to keep Courtois for another year and lose him for free next summer but that stance has changed apparently.
The Blues now want to sell and have agreed a deal but will only announce his departure if they can find a quality replacement for him.
No real ultimatum. Chelsea already know for a while that Thibaut Courtois won’t sign a new contract. Reason why they are looking for a new goalkeeper and why they won’t approve a move until they have found a replacement.
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) August 1, 2018