Thibaut Courtois talks with Real Madrid stalled until Blues find replacement

Matt Debono

Real Madrid's pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is to be put on hold as the Blues aren't willing to sell the Belgian without a replacement.

Courtois is out of contract next summer at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues are trying to find a replacement in order for the 26-year-old to leave.

Sky Sports report that until a new keeper is brought to the club, Courtois will not be leaving Chelsea this summer but for free next summer.

Personal terms are set to be no issue for either part, it is only Chelsea finding a suitable replacement. Madrid have bid £100 million for Courtois and Willian which the Chelsea hierarchy are 'seriously considering'.

Jack Butland, currently of Championship side Stoke City, is one the Blues' targets.
Jack Butland, currently of Championship side Stoke City, is one the Blues' targets.

Number one target Jordan Pickford is set to be offered a new deal, whilst Jack Butland is also on the shortlist to replace Courtois.

If Chelsea want to cash in on the Belgium international they best get a move on with the window soon coming to a close. Chop, Chop Chelsea!

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