Chelsea could reportedly enter the running to seal the transfer of Roma goalkeeper Alisson this summer if they lose Thibaut Courtois.
In a shocking turn of events, the Blues no.1 is being linked with rivals Liverpool by Gianluca Di Marzio as he looks unlikely to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
If Chelsea were to lose such an important player, it’s clear they’d need to be in the market for a big name in goal, and Alisson is one of the most in-demand players in Europe at the moment.
The Brazil international has been immense for Roma in recent times and has recently been linked himself as another option between the posts for Liverpool.
The Times claimed the Reds were interested, though the latest is that Real Madrid is stepping up efforts to sign him for around €60million, according to Don Balon.
Chelsea urgently needs to get it right in the transfer market this summer after some disastrous recent decisions in that department.
On the back of winning the Premier League title in 2016/17, the west Londoners then sold Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic, with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko brought in as replacements, though neither has performed.
Four targets as Chelsea bumble into goalkeeper chase
Thibaut Courtois should be sold by Chelsea.
Regardless of opinions on Courtois, Chelsea have handled his contract situation with such an appalling lack of managerial acuity that it leaves one wondering.
Generally speaking, a player should not be allowed to enter even the last 18 months of a contract let alone the last 12.
A player is allowed to start negotiating with foreign clubs with six months left on their contract.
Their transfer value is so deeply tarnished due to the owning clubs weakened stance that it is considered pretty pathetic on the behalf of the selling club.
Chelsea has allowed that to happen with Courtois. To make it even worse, they have allowed all of the negotiations to play out in public.
Each and every offer and rejection should have been handled behind closed doors, discreetly so that every other club with a wandering eye did not know exactly how awful of a situation things are at Stamford Bridge.
With the latest news that Courtois has rejected his last contract offer, Chelsea have no choice except to sell him this summer or risk losing him for free.
The Blues will have little time to find a replacement. There are four good possibilities in the marke