The Chelsea fans have been feeling rather downbeat in the Transfer Tavern since they were defeated by Manchester United last weekend, and rumours linking their star players with transfers away from the club are doing nothing to aid their cause.
Antonio Conte’s side suffered a bitter blow to their top-four aspirations last weekend as they were defeated by 2 goals to 1 against United at Old Trafford. The result has left Chelsea in 5th place in the Premier League and outside the top-four for the first time since October, and the resident Blues propping up our bar are far from happy with the current situation.
If Chelsea fail to qualify for the top-four this season, it seems inevitable that Eden Hazard will embark on a new challenge away from the club, probably at Real Madrid. However, Hazard may not be the only Belgian international to swap London for Madrid next summer, as the London Evening Standard believe Thibaut Courtois is a target for Los Blancos.
The same report claims that Chelsea are planning to open talks with Courtois regarding a contract extension once they have played their crucial fixtures against Barcelona and Leicester City in March. Although the supporters will be hoping their 25-year-old goalkeeper agrees to a new deal, there is clearly a possibility that he will decide against a new deal and explore his options away from the club.
In the event that Courtois does indeed refuse to sign an extension at Stamford Bridge, Conte will need to sign a new goalkeeper of genuine quality to replace him, and one player who should certainly be on his radar is Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson (valued at £14.4 million by Transfermarkt). Alisson has established a huge reputation this season due to his brilliant performances in Serie A, and he has regularly been linked with some of Europe’s heavyweight clubs as a consequence, including Liverpool.
The strong interest which has been shown across Europe is purely down to the fact that Alisson is one of the best, if not the best stopper on the continent right now. The fact that Alisson has often been selected to start ahead of Man City’s Ederson for the Brazilian national side speaks volumes, so if Courtois leaves Chelsea in the summer then Conte simply must fend off competition from Liverpool and bring him to Stamford Bridge.
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