The Chelsea fans are growing increasingly concerned in the Transfer Tavern due to the speculation linking Thibaut Courtois with a move to Real Madrid.
The current Premier League champions have endured a tough campaign so far under Antonio Conte, as speculation away from the pitch continues to dominate the headlines and serve as an unwelcome distraction at the club. Conte’s future has continuously been called into question due to his comments regarding Chelsea’s transfer policy, and the supporters are beginning to fear that the Italian may not reside in the capital for much longer.
The Blues faithful who regularly prop up our bar in the Tavern are also beginning to fear that some of their most talented players could become the subject of interest from rival clubs in the summer, especially if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
One of the players in question is Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is a summer target for Real Madrid according to The Daily Mail. Chelsea’s No.1 will only have one year remaining on his current contract in the summer, so it’s likely he will have a decision to make on his future once the season reaches its conclusion.
The loss of Courtois would certainly be a blow for Chelsea, but he is by no means irreplaceable. However, the decision to allow Courtois to leave would be completely catastrophic if they ultimately decide to replace him with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt).
According to reports in The Sun, Hart is being lined up to replace Courtois in the event that he decides to embark on a new challenge next summer. In the early stages of his career at Man City, Hart demonstrated that he has the potential to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
Once upon a time, Hart was widely considered to belong to an elite club of goalkeepers who were renowned for being the best stoppers in world football, but those days are long gone for the 75-time capped England international.
Hart has effectively been ostracised from Pep Guardiola’s plans at The Etihad Stadium, and that factor alone should be setting off alarm bells amongst the Chelsea hierarchy. Since returning to the Premier League this season to play his trade at West Ham, Hart has merely confirmed the worst fears of England fans across the country – that he is no longer consistent enough to hold down a first-team place at a top-four club, or any top-flight club for that matter.
Chelsea should hold off from trying to sign Hart until he has stamped out the mistakes which currently plague his performances, otherwise, they will make one of their biggest transfer mistakes in recent years.