Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Consider Sales of Willian, Thibaut Courtois to Real

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2018

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian runs with the ball during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Chelsea and Southampton at Wembley Stadium in London, on April 22, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid have made a £100 million bid to Chelsea for the signatures of Willian and Thibaut Courtois, according to reports.

Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail reported on Sunday the UEFA Champions League holders could swoop for the pair as they attempt to rebuild after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. The Blues will now consider the mammoth offer that could see the midfielder and goalkeeper exit Stamford Bridge before the end of the summer transfer window.

Per Jenson, Chelsea were discussing a potential £70 million sale of Willian to Barcelona before the deal collapsed, with the La Liga champions capturing the cheaper option of Bordeaux talent Malcom. Courtois is in the final year of his deal at the Bridge, and new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will be forced to sell now in order to obtain a transfer fee for the Belgium international.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 14: Goalkeeper of Belgium Thibaut Courtois during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jean C
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Courtois made his name in La Liga during an extended loan spell at Atletico Madrid, and the No. 1 has expressed a desire to return to the Spanish capital.

Pierre Danvoye of Belgian magazine Sport (h/t Max Winters of MailOnline) reported Courtois has two children living in Madrid and his family situation could hugely influence his decision over his career.

Courtois told Sport in February:

"If Real is really interested, my personal situation could affect, yes. The family aspect, it is priceless. But I repeat to you that, for the moment, I'm busy talking to Chelsea to extend.

"My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid, it's known. My two children live there with their mum. I have my daughter every day on Facetime. She often tells me that I miss her. My son is still too small to communicate like that.

"Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to make a return trip to Spain. As a situation, it is not always easy. Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City and Willian of Chelsea square off while Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea tries to separate them after David Luiz of Chelsea is fouled by Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier
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Per Winters, Chelsea were prepared to offer the stopper £200,000 a week to sign a new deal in February, but since, former boss Antonio Conte has been replaced in west London. The contract would have made the 26-year-old the best-paid goalkeeper in world football, but a transfer to the European champions would appeal to the player for professional and practical reasons.

Sky Sports News tweeted Chelsea will turn to Everton ace Jordan Pickford if Courtois departs:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

SKY SOURCES: Jordan Pickford is @ChelseaFC's primary target if Thibaut Courtois leaves this summer. #SSN https://t.co/d7qlzHxmdH

Russian football expert Artur Petrosyan questioned how many players could jump ship from Chelsea:

Artur Petrosyan @arturpetrosyan

Chelsea this summer: Alisson said no, Golovin said no, Courtois almost gone, Hazard likely to follow, Willian and Kante could leave too. No @ChampionsLeague, no party.

According to Jenson, Manchester United are also interested in Willian if Sarri is willing to sell, and it appears Chelsea are open to negotiations for the Brazil international.

If the right offer comes in for the pair, Chelsea will find it very difficult not to sell. Their departures would allow Sarri to bring in his own signings before the end of the window.

Courtois is certainly one of the best stoppers on the planet, and a like-for-like replacement would come at significant cost.

However, Willian is closing in on 30, and a huge bid would be appealing for a player who was named as a substitute 20 times in the Premier League and Europe last term.


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