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Report – Atletico to sign €3m man ‘within hours’ to replace Chelsea-bound loanee

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Atletico Madrid are on the verge of securing a €3 million (£2.4m) deal for Getafe shot-stopper Miguel Angel Moya as they appear to give up on Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois.

After three years in the Spanish capital, it appears that Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ adventure at Atletico Madrid is coming to an end.

The 22-year-old joined the Blues in the summer of 2011 from Belgian side Genk, although he was immediately sent to Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan.

Courtois was an immediate success and finished the season as a Europa League winner before extending his loan spell for another season, and then for a third time in the summer of 2013.

This season, however, the situation has changed largely in part to the Belgian international’s stunning success and worldwide recognition as one of the best shot-stoppers in the game.

Following the injury to current Chelsea number one Petr Cech, boss Jose Mourinho has been vocal in his support for Courtois to return to Stamford Bridge and challenge the Czech Republic international next season.

Despite Courtois’ love-affair with Atletico and the life in the Spanish capital, it appears to be over as Los Rojiblancos have given their best hint yet that he is returning to Chelsea by swooping for Getafe shot-stopper Miguel Angel Moya.

According to Spanish publication AS, former Valencia goalkeeper Moya will join Diego Simeone’s men ‘within hours’ on a three-year deal for a reported €3 million fee.

The 30-year-old has been at Getafe since 2012, making 58 appearances for the club and becoming one of the most respected players in La Liga.

Moya's alleged arrival at Atletico will come as a shock to supporters, and he knows that he has some massive shoes to fill as Chelsea loanee Courtois will go down in history as one of the club's greatest ever goalkeepers after helping the team win their first La Liga crown since 1996.

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