Exclusive report: PSG in talks with Courtois over possible move

According to an exclusive report in Belgium this week, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – accompanied by his father Thierry – met with Paris-Saint Germain representatives following their recent 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Described as a “lowkey” meeting between the two parties at a London hotel, the discussions were believed to have lasted for two hours. Naturally, they would’ve spoken about financial demands but equally, Courtois’ desire to win the grand prize: UEFA Champions League glory – having previously been a beaten finalist with Atl├ętico Madrid in 2014.

As quoted by the exclusive report:

“Thibaut insisted in particular, on a culture of winning that is still missing at PSG. Not yet won major competitions, this is what scares Thibaut – he wants the guarantee that the club has this ambition.”

In their attempts to clarify the situation, they contacted PSG’s press office and equally the Belgian’s agent too – conveniently though, neither were available for comment.

Thibaut Courtois following the 2014 UEFA Champions League final

Courtois shakes the hand of Michel Platini following Atl├ętico’s 4-1 defeat by local rivals Real in the Champions League final, back in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Courtois has, just like David de Gea, been heavily courted by Real Madrid in recent seasons. Their interest in acquiring one of the pair to become their long-term first-choice goalkeeper as Keylor Navas’ replacement has intensified and we’re likely to reach a final conclusion at the end of this current campaign.

Courtois’ existing deal at Chelsea expires next summer, so it’s natural that top clubs would be monitoring his current situation – not least given the Blues’ inconsistencies under Antonio Conte after a fantastic first season in England’s top-flight for the Italian.

READ: Chelsea ‘tempt’ Courtois with new contract offer, rightly so

Analysis

It’s still widely believed that Real is Courtois’ preferred option if offered a choice for personal reasons, as his two children Adriana and Nicolas both live in Madrid with their mother.

As previously stated, PSG’s lack of a true European pedigree could hurt them in potential negotiations though their ever-improving team continues to assert their quality among Europe’s elite.

With Alphonse Areola in goal, the 24-year-old is a solid option to have but one whose consistency – especially when it matters – remains a big question. Courtois already has a Champions League runners-up medal in his name and naturally comes with plenty of experience alongside world-class ability too.

It’ll be interesting to see how this story develops over the coming months, I’ll update if and when there is any movement here.

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