Thibaut Courtois

As per a report from Euro United this afternoon, Spanish giants Real Madrid have secured a deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Loan stint

Now 26, Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, before being immediately sent out on-loan to Atletico Madrid.

And it was in the Spanish capital that all of Europe began to take notice of his immense potential, as Courtois solidifed himself as the club’s first-choice shotstopper despite his tender years, before going on to make 111 La Liga appearances during his three-year stint with Los Colchoneros.

Star performer

Courtois returned to Stamford Bridge in 2014 as one of the most highly-regarded goalkeepers in world football, quickly usurping Petr Cech as the Blues’ no.1 option between the posts.

And the 65-time capped international has since gone from strength-to-strength, solidifying himself as one of the first names on (former manager) Antonio Conte’s team-sheet in the English capital.

La Liga return?

However, despite his successes at Chelsea, rumours linking Courtois with a return to Spain have never fully died down, with Atletico’s fierce rivals Real Madrid having long been reported to hold an interest in the Belgian.

Thibaut Courtois

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea misses his sides second penalty in the penalty shoot out during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Though it is common knowledge that Los Blancos’ first-choice signing would be Manchester United’s David De Gea, Courtois has reportedly been identified as the ideal alternative, with Florentino Perez and co. huge fans of the 6ft 6in star’s talents.

‘Done deal’

In addition, Courtois has hinted on multiple occasions that he could be open to a move to the Bernabeu, with the Belgian’s two young children, Adriana and Nicolas, living with their mother, Courtois’ former partner Marta Dominguez, in Madrid.

And, as per a huge claim on the part of Euro United (an affiliate of the generally-reliable Paris United) this afternoon, Real are now said to have clinched a deal for the shot-stopper, with Spanish outlet Cope having since backed the idea that Courtois’ move to the Spanish capital could be confirmed as early as today.

No further details of the deal have yet been provided, but, with just a year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge, any potential fee for Courtois is likely to be considerably lower than what Chelsea would have otherwise demanded.

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