Courtois keen on Barca switch

Reports in Spain are suggesting that Thibaut Courtois is keen to join Barcelona next summer, the Metro understands.

The Belgium international is currently enjoying a third season on loan with Atletico Madird, having been sent to the Spanish capital shortly after arriving at Stamford Bridge from Genk in 2011.

Barcelona are on the lookout for a new number one, with Victor Valdes set to quit the Nou Camp when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Liverpool’s Pepe Reina has been stronlgly linked with a return to the club where he started his career once his loan spell with Napoli is over, though Courtois, at his age, would arguably be a sounder investment.

During his time in La Liga, the 21 year old has become one of the most sought after goalkeepers in European football.

He has turned out for Atleti 110 times in just over two years, and has lifted the Copa Del Rey, Europa League and Super Cup in that period.

His contract with Chelsea runs until 2016, though reports suggest that he is keen to push through a move to the Catalan club, with Petr Cech seemingly the clubs first choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.

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