Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea for Barcelona next summer.
The Belgian goalkeeper recently went public with his distaste of life in England, moaning about the high intensity of each game, that he has to play almost every three days and that hotel overnight stays are a regular occurrence. He also claimed that he feels more comfortable when playing with Belgium defense instead of his Chelsea mates, all signs that he might want to leave next summer.
Courtois got three years more left on his deal with Chelsea, but with the Blues not taking part to next Champions League he’s tempted to go back to Spain, this time to join Barcelona.
The Blaugrana are ready to pay at least the half of his -huge- buyout clause to sign him: Chelsea fixed a £73m fee on him, and Barcelona can bid at least £40m to have Courtois in their next squad.
Antonio Conte won’t have an easy job this summer, with many of his stars ready to leave for chasing Champions League glory around Europe. For him it will be tough to keep all of them and Courtois seem one of the top players set to leave Chelsea.