Thibaut Courtois is yet to sign a contract extension with Chelsea as his current deal ends in 2019. Real Madrid have shown interest in the Chelsea star as they look to replace Keylor Navas.
Along with the Spanish giants, PSG and Juventus have also been linked to the Belgium international shot-stopper. The 25-year-old is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has a very impressive CV.
He won one Europa League title, 2 domestic cups and league titles in Spain and England with Atletico Madrid and Chelsea respectively.
It is believed that Courtois wants his wages to be doubled from £100,000-a-week to £200,000-a-week. The would make him matching the earnings of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. If he decides to leave Chelsea, the Blues will have to enter the market for a new goalkeeper.
Now, let’s look at five goalkeepers who could replace Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
5. Bernd Leno – Bayer Leverkusen
Though the German is the third choice for his country behind Manuel Neuer and Marc André Ter-Stegen, there no denying that he is a quality player.
At the age of 25, he has already made a big name for himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Bundesliga. As a goalkeeper, it is believed that his best years are yet to come. Leno made his Champions Leauge debut against Chelsea at the age of 19 in the 2011-12 season. By that time he became the youngest goalkeeper ever to play a UCL match.
Leno, who has three clean sheets, has consistently shown that he has the qualities needed to be a Champions League title chaser.
However, Chelsea are likely to face competition from PSG, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Arsenal and Napoli for the German ace.
4. Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan
The AC Milan youngster is one of the most exciting young goalies around and has been often compared to Itlay and Juventus legend, Gianluigi Buffon.
Donnarumma made his debut for the Rossoneri in 2015, when he was just 16-year-old and since then there has been no turning back. He has kept 27 clean sheets in 80 Serie A matches, which is an amazing performance.
According to WhoScored.com, last season, he had a save success rate of 77.2%, which was better than any other goalkeeper in Serie A.
The 18-year-old has performed beyond his years and his overall game is complete, efficient, accurate and skilful.
Therefore, if the Blues still managed to sign him, they will be guaranteeing a long-term solution to their goalkeeping problem.
3. Jack Butland – Stoke City
According to reports, Chelsea are considering Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland as an ideal replacement for Thibault Courtois.
This move actually makes sense as Butland will help Chelsea fulfil their criteria of promoting homegrown players. Chelsea don’t really have a lot of quality English players, except the likes of Gary Cahil and Danny Drinkwater.
Antonio Conte had previously stated that English players must form the core of Chelsea’s squad like they had earlier in form of Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashely Cole.
Butland knows the league very well and it should not be very difficult for him to settle at Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old has a plenty of room for improvement and will definitely prove to be a good signing for Chelsea.
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