Atletico Madrid are not messing about in terms of finding replacements for Thibaut Courtois, lining up a deal for Estudiantes goalkeeper Guillermo Rulli to go with a reported deal for Miguel Moya of Getafe last week.
Spanish website AS suggests that talks are already under way over a deal for Argentine Rulli, as Diego Simeone looks to nip one of his biggest problems this summer in the bud before it develops.
The message the Spanish side have for Courtois is quite clear; you’re heading back to Stamford Bridge.
So far Courtois has been coy over the possibility of playing for Chelsea next season.
His scepticism about a return to the Blues isn’t to do with doubts over Chelsea as a football club, it’s to do with how Jose Mourinho will use him next season alongside the experienced and more developed figure of Petr Cech.
There is a good chance that Cech may be injured for the start of next season, which will provide Courtois with a chance to nail down the number one spot but if the Czech is fit, Courtois may be forced to start the season on the bench.
Atletico can’t be blamed for going after deals to secure replacements for Courtois when the Belgian doesn’t know what he’ll be doing next season.
Diego Simeone appears to be keen to safeguard the success his side have just achieved as they’ll be under massive pressure to defend their La Liga title and have another go at winning the Champions League.
It’s difficult for Courtois to address because he will be fully focused on performing for Belgium at the World Cup in Brazil.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has never made any secret of the fact he’s happy to step in and take advantage of any mistakes Courtois makes for Belgium, should he take one eye off the ball this summer.
AS describes the transfer pursuits as somewhat an unfortunate situation, praising Courtois performances for Atletico last season, which have created the desire for Mourinho to take Courtois back to West London as he mulls over who will be his number one for the 2014/2015 campaign.