Stoke City star's dad claims Chelsea stopper Courtois almost joined Barcelona in 2011

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois almost joined Barcelona before joining Chelsea, according to Bojan Krkic's dad.

This summer one of the big decisions that had to be made at Chelsea regarded their goalkeeping situation. Thibaut Courtois had excelled at Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons so was clearly ready to take the reins from Petr Cech. But the Chelsea veteran had not exactly done much to warrant losing his place.

It meant a battle for the number one jersey. A battle that the young pretender won.

Courtois was named the number one keeper at the start of the season and Cech has played second fiddle ever since.

It could have been oh so different.

Not only was it this summer that the likes of Atletico and Barcelona were said to be keen on the player, but before he even became a Chelsea player Barcelona could have snapped him up, according to a Stoke City players dad.

Bojan Krkic Sr is, you guessed it, the father of Stoke City attacker Bojan Krkic.

He was a scout at the club during his sons playing days there and he has insisted to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that Barca had the chance to sign Courtois for just a measly sum of €3 million - especially when you consider what he is probably worth today.

He said that Courtois wanted the Barcelona move back in 2011, but the delays of the club meant it never got done in time.

Chelsea then swooped in and snapped him up for an undisclosed fee and he has gone on to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world during the time since.

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