Thibaut Courtois talks with Real Madrid halted as Chelsea seek replacement

Real Madrid value Thibaut Courtois at £32m

The Tottenham striker took 26% of the vote from the Madrid faithful regarding their preferred forward options - but the list included only traditional centre-forwards, excluding players like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Eden Hazard.

Though parting with Willian may not be Maurizio Sarri's intention, if it means that we keep hold of Hazard, it may well be worth it.

Willian, who had an impressive 2018 FIFA World Cup with Brazil, looked set to join the Blaugrana in this transfer window, but after numerous bids were rejected, the Catalan club seemingly opted to sign Bordeaux winger Malcom instead.

Hazard has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid along with the likes of Thibaut Courtois this summer.

But according to Italian outlet Corriere della Sera, Chelsea are now focusing most of their energy on a different Juventus star.

Chelsea are happy to sanction Courtois' move as long as they can secure a replacement of their own, with Jack Butland looking increasingly likely to fill his gloves at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea target Jordan Pickford is set for contract talks at Everton
Chelsea target Jordan Pickford is set for contract talks at Everton

This is described as an "opening" offer which means Florentino Perez and co. could well be back for more if it isn't accepted, though the newspaper have it that Chelsea are giving it serious thought.

Everton are reportedly putting plans in place to tie Jordan Pickford down amid talk that he is attracting interest from elsewhere.

Rowett told Stoke's official website: "I don't believe any rumours if I'm honest".

"We hope to be able to keep him here and do it with the right motivations".

A bid of £100m might not even be enough to persuade Chelsea to part with the duo, with so little time left in the window to replace them. Chelsea have Rob Green and Willy Caballero now as their back-up keepers, but will undoubtedly require a first class choice heading into the new season.

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