Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has opened talks with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain with a view to moving to the French capital this summer, according to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur.
Speculation over the 26-year-old’s future at Stamford Bridge has intensified in recent months and with the Blues’ fifth-place Premier League finish consigning them to the Europa League next season, the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper may see his future lie elsewhere.
Courtois has reportedly long caught the eye of Spanish giants Real Madrid, although Terreur claims that a move to the Parc des Princes may be on the cards instead.
“He has held talks with PSG. PSG’s director of football has been in London to talk about the project with Courtois,” Terreur told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“He could go back to Atletico Madrid if Jan Oblak leaves. At the moment I don’t see him signing a new deal with Chelsea unless he doesn’t get his transfer.”
Since returning to Stamford Bridge from a three-year loan spell at Atletico, Courtois has established himself as one of Chelsea’s most important players, as well as one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in Europe.
Despite his side’s disappointing campaign, the Belgian was still able to keep 15 clean sheets in his 35 league appearances and also stood tall in goal last Saturday, when Antonio Conte’s men recorded a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Following their defeat of Jose Mourinho’s side, Courtois seemed to issue an ultimatum to the Chelsea board, urging them to invest heavily during the summer months or risk losing their first-choice shot-stopper.
The Belgium international has just over 12 months remaining on his current deal and the Blues will be desperate to sort out his future before the start of the World Cup in Russia, where Courtois is expected to play a vital role in leading his country to glory.