Chelsea have offered to make Thibaut Courtois the best-paid goalkeeper in the world in a bid to keep him out of Real Madrid’s clutches, according to reports. The Belgium international has just 18 months left on his contract and there is a growing panic at Stamford Bridge about the situation. If he is allowed to run his current £100,000-a-week contract down Chelsea could miss out on a huge transfer fee, while their negotiating position is already weakening.
The Telegraph report that Chelsea have offered Courtois a deal that will net the shot stopper more than £200,000-a-week. That figure would take him above the earnings of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. The report adds that the Blues are confident the former Atletico Madrid player can be convinced to stay, despite him being keen on a return to Spain at some stage in his career.
Real Madrid have been persistently linked with a move for Courtois but appear to be turning their attention to Kepa Arrizabalaga. With Chelsea making Courtois’ new contract their top priority, interest in Stoke City’s Jack Butland has been put on hold.