Reporter claims Chelsea FC need to make key signing before Thibaut Courtois can leave

Chelsea FC will have to sign a replacement goalkeeper before Thibaut Courtois is allowed to leave, according to a report

Chelsea FC goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois Photo: Thibaut Courtois / Instagram

Chelsea FC will need to sign a replacement for Thibaut Courtois before the Belgium international is allowed to leave for Real Madrid, according to reporter Kristof Terreur.

The 27-year-old has under 12 months left to run on his current deal to raise the possibility of Courtois leaving on a free transfer at the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

Courtois has made no secret of his desire to leave Chelsea FC to secure a return to the Spanish capital where his two children are based with his ex-girlfriend.

Champions League holders Real Madrid have been regularly linked with a move to sign Courtois from the FA Cup winners in the current transfer market.

Chelsea FC are thought to be considering a move to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker or Leicester City shot stopper Kasper Schmeichel to replace Courtois.

Belgian reporter Terreur believes Chelsea FC will need to sign a goalkeeper before Courtois is allowed to leave the west London side ahead of the new season.

Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Real Madrid are treating the Courtois – Hazard transfers as two seperate cases. Courtois to Real will be done for a fee around €40m, but deal can only be closed when Chelsea have found a new goalkeeper.”

Chelsea FC were 1-0 winners against Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley after Eden Hazard netted the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the first half.

The Blues have signed Italy international Jorginho in a £57m deal from Napoli last week.

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