5 goalkeepers Chelsea could target to replace Thibaut Courtois
If Courtois decides to leave Chelsea, the Blues will have to enter the market for a new goalkeeper.
Thibaut Courtois is yet to sign a contract extension with Chelsea as his current deal ends in 2019. Real Madrid have shown interest in the Chelsea goalie as they look to replace Keylor Navas.
Along with the Spanish giants, PSG and Juventus have also been linked to the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper. The Belgian international is one the best goalkeepers in the world and has a very impressive CV - with one Europa League title, 2 domestic cups and league titles in Spain and England with Atletico Madrid and Chelsea respectively.
Recently, Courtois revealed that there was no progress in his contract talks with Chelsea and he will be happy to leave further negotiations until the summer. Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte admitted that he wants the club to extend the goalkeeper's current contract.
It is believed that Courtois wants his wages to be doubled from £100,000-a-week to £200,000-a-week, matching the earnings of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. If he decides to leave Chelsea, the Blues will have to enter the market for a new goalkeeper.
Now, let's look at five goalkeepers who could replace Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge:
#5 Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)
Though the German is the third choice for his country behind Manuel Neuer and Marc André Ter-Stegen, there no denying that he is a quality player.
At the age of 25, he has already made a big name for himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Bundesliga and it is believed that his best years are yet to come. Leno made his Champions Leauge debut against Chelsea at the age of 19 in the 2011-12 season, where he became the youngest goalkeeper ever to play a UCL match.
Blessed with a tall structure and an impressive reach, agile and a fantastic shot stopper, Leno has consistently shown that he has the qualities needed to be a Champions League title chaser.
Although he recently signed a contract extension which would keep him at Bayern Leverkusen till 2020, last year he revealed that he would be open to the idea of leaving Bundesliga and play abroad. Also, if an offer with right price comes along, Bayer Leverkusen would be willing to sell the former Stuttgart player.
However, Chelsea are likely to face competition from PSG, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Arsenal and Napoli for the German ace.