Real Madrid have reportedly opened talks with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois over a summer swoop for the former Atletico man.
According to Onda Cero, Madrid have immediately got to work on transfer strategy since their ban on signings was reduced, and Courtois is Los Blancos’ “top target” for next season.
AS adds Madrid tried to sign the 24-year-old in 2014, before Jose Mourinho made him Chelsea’s No 1 upon his return from Atleti, where he spent three seasons on loan.
The European champions’ biggest obstacle, however, will be convincing the Blues to dispense with the Belgian, although his contract is due to expire in two-and-a-half years’ time.
A €25m fee has been mooted by the newspaper, and the custodian is also said to have a “willingness” about returning to the Spanish capital, albeit with Atleti’s arch-rivals.
Despite Keylor Navas’ consistently-top form between the sticks, he turned 30 earlier in the year and Madrid are keen to have a future replacement ready.