3 world-class players Chelsea look destined to lose in the summer
Chelsea’s season is starting to unravel, with manager Antonio Conte’s future up in the air currently, in a similar fashion to how Jose Mourinho fared in his second stint at Stamford Bridge.
His potential exit could see a number of players also jumping ship as the Blues’ recruitment policy and title defence has gone to pieces, weakening the squad and creating off-field problems, according to reports.
While capable of rising from the ashes next season, Chelsea’s inconsistency and lack of direction could see three key players consider their options in the summer.
#1 Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid
The Belgian goalkeeper recently admitted his “heart belongs to Madrid”. He’s been linked with a move to Spain for some time too, with Real reportedly wanting him since 2014. Courtois said his children live in Madrid with their mother, so he returns to the Spanish capitol as much as possible.
This is music to the ears of Real. Los Blancos are said to be lining him up as a replacement for Keylor Navas. Courtois spent three years on loan with Atletico Madrid and could well join their fierce rivals for the right price in the summer.
The 25-year-old won't come cheap, however, as he's worth more than £60m to Chelsea. He doesn't need to prove himself in Spain, given he picked up 76 clean sheets in 154 games for Atletico while on loan.
And with his contract up in 2019, the Blues might be forced to cash in this summer if contract talks break down, otherwise they risk losing Courtois for nothing in 18 months.