Chelsea would be mad to swap one of a kind 'keeper for dime a dozen striker

Thibaut Coutois

Chelsea are reportedly interested in swapping Thibaut Courtois for Diego Costa.

It’s Transfer Deadline Week and all manner of rumour and conjecture is hurricaneing around as the mill churns itself to dust.

One club who have been busy in January have been Chelsea.

They have sent plenty of young talent out on loan while they also saw fit to let Kevin De Bruyne, Michael Essien and Juan Mata leave the club.

Of course the revolving door has also seen Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah arrive at Stamford Bridge - and that is seemingly it for now.

Indeed Jose Mourinho has said so - Chelsea are shut for business this window.

But that has not stopped the mill.

Talk this week has been of their need for a top class striker. One name that keeps cropping up is perhaps one of the most in form forwards on the planet right now … Diego Costa.

Costa is currently at Atletico Madrid - but signed a new deal amid interest from Liverpool last summer.

The bonus to that news is of course the well-known £32 million release clause written into that deal.

Costa has since stepped up to the plate in the absence of Radamel Falcao - and started hitting home-runs on a regular basis.

So their interest makes perfect sense.

What doesn’t is the deal being rumoured - as Chelsea could reportedly swap Thibaut Courtois for the Brazilian born Spanish striker.

Courtois is coming to the end of his prolonged loan deal at Atletico Madrid - but last season was named the best goalkeeper in Spain and many would argue he is one of the best in the world right now - at least of a certain age.

At just 21-years-old he is easily the best young goalkeeper in the world - and for Chelsea to lose him would be criminal; they would be letting a one of a kind talent leave the club.

Costa is good yes, but unproven, and decent strikers come a dime a dozen.

Goalkeepers like Courtois certainly don’t … which is why it was good to hear this from Mourinho earlier today…

"Courtois is our player. I can't say anything about Costa."

Sign Costa by all means - but Courtois is the future of their goalkeeping department and should be treated as such.

Not as a makeweight.

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