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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.

Barcelona keen on Cech

Barcelona are considering a bid for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech as they look for a replacement for the outgoing Victor Valdes, according to the Daily Star.

Spain international Valdes is set to quit the Nou Camp when his contract expires at the end of this season, leaving new manager Gerardo Martino in need of a new number one.

Pepe Reina, who is currently at Napoli on loan from Liverpool, has been strongly linked with a move back to the Catalan club, while another name in the frame is Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium international joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, but has not played for the Blues as moved to Atletico Madrid on loan shortly after signing, and has been in the Spanish capital ever since.

However, now Cech, who has racked up well over four hundred appearances in nine years with the club, has been lined up by the Spanish champions, who have already enquired about the Czech Republic international’s availability.

It is understood that the 31 year old would be keen on taking on a new challenge, though manager Jose Mourinho will be keen to keep hold of the man who he still rates as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.