With the new season looming large on the horizon, a huge problem has yet to be sorted at Chelsea Football Club.
Yesterday, Thibaut Courtois should have returned to the fold after his World Cup exertions.
Scheduled to return to training at 16:00 hours, it appears the 26-year-old didn’t show up.
Now, depending upon which news source you read, Courtois no-show could be put down to the fact he’d been told to stay away from the club whilst his mind isn’t quite on the job or it was simply a show of petulance as the goalkeeper seeks to get his dream move to Real Madrid.
However, if Courtois does want his dream move then it appears the transfer fee will be a minimum of £50 million a lot better than the £31 million previously mentioned.
But, with the summer transfer window slamming shut on Thursday, Chelsea have little time to secure the service of a capable replacement.
One source, mundodeportivo, suggests that Chelsea will go in search of Atletico Madrid’s 25-year-old keeper, Jan Oblak, stating that Chelsea will be prepared to meet the £89 million release clause in his contract.
Can we, here at Vital Chelsea, see that happening, in a word NO!
Elsewhere, a couple of media vehicles including, Sky Sports, are of the opinion that Chelsea will look towards the Stoke City goalkeeper, Jack Butland with another news source, the Daily Star, inferring that Chelsea are ready to offer Stoke City £25 million for their target.
But, with the transfer window set to close, Stoke could play hardball and push the price up.
Here at Vital Chelsea, we’re struggling to understand how the club has got in such a pickle, it’s been obvious, for months, Courtois has wanted to leave, so why didn’t Chelsea take grab the bull by the horns and deal with this earlier in the close season instead of being, as it may now happen, being held to ransom!