A Spanish newspaper has suggested Barcelona will try and buy Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Sport has suggested that Barcelona are eyeing up Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in one of the most unrealistic rumours you are likely to see before the end of the season and the transfer market takes centre stage.
The only weight this rumour seems to have is the fact that Courtois currently plays in the same country as Barcelona, at Atletico Madrid where he’s developed into one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe.
To begin with, the same report which suggests Barca’s interest also comments on the impending arrival of Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the Nou Camp, as the cast iron replacement for Victor Valdes.
Considering Courtois’ comments that he doesn’t want to go back to Chelsea unless he’s the outright number one, this makes it baffling why he’d go to Barca with no guarantee of that status.
Also factor in Jose Mourinho’s comments that he expects Courtois to be in West London at the end of the season.
The reason being Chelsea are expected to agree a new contract with the Belgian before loaning him back to Atletico Madrid for one more year.
That’s a massive indication that the Blues are grooming him to become the outright number one at Stamford Bridge as soon as Petr Cech is ready to retire or as soon as Mourinho is ready to move the Czech international on.
Selling Courtois to Barcelona at this stage makes no sense whatsoever because it would place pressure on the Blues to then go and find a world class goalkeeper to replace Cech, when they already have one on the books.
Considering how much faith Chelsea have shown in Courtois when they could easily have cut him loose, the player will more than likely feel as though he has a point to prove.
La Liga football may be technically superior to the Premier League but no division can match the pace and physical nature of English football.
We got a small glimpse earlier this week in the Champions League game between Atletico and Chelsea that Courtois has been working hard physically to become a more commanding goalkeeper.
He should want to prove that weekly in West London.
Rubbish Rating: Absolutely no chance.