The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned about the future of Thibaut Courtois. Reports from Belgian outlet HLN last week suggested that the goalkeeper held informal talks over a move to PSG, and so it’s clear that his future in London is far from certain.
It would, of course, be a huge blow for Chelsea to lose Courtois. The 25-year-old is one of Europe’s best goalkeepers, and his best years are still ahead of him.
Nonetheless, in light of the recent news, our landlord thinks that it might be time for Chelsea to cash in on the first team regular.
After all, the last thing that the Blues need is to be embroiled in a significant contract saga. If he was desperate to sign a new deal, he would have signed it months ago – but it’s clear he’s looking to keep his options open. We all saw at Arsenal how disruptive a long-term saga can become – in the case of Alexis Sanchez – and so this is clearly something that Chelsea will want to avoid. Sure, he’s a fantastic goalkeeper, and he’s worth risking a lot for – but Antonio Conte needs to recognise that there are plenty of other fish in the sea.
Fortunately, Europe isn’t the bland continent that it once was with regards to goalkeepers. There are a number of impressive shot-stoppers currently on display, including the likes of Alisson and Jan Oblak, and so whilst the Blues may have been in a spot of trouble a few seasons ago, there are certainly a few options that they could look towards if they were to sell him.
On the topic of selling him, you also must consider the financial implications. He’s rated at £45 million by Transfer Markt, and it would be fair to say that Chelsea would demand far beyond his market value for a sale. However, his current deal expires in 2019, and so if he doesn’t sign a new deal by the time the summer rolls around – he could leave on a free within 12 months. Chelsea must avoid that situation, and so perhaps a premature sale makes sense.
Chelsea have been worked into a corner, unfortunately for them, and it doesn’t look good. Perhaps a sale would be best for business.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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