Chelsea eye Schmeichel as potential Courtois replacement

Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea is preparing to up their offer for AS Roma goalkeeper, Alisson Becker as a possible replacement for Thibaut Courtois who has refused to put pen on paper.

Courtois spoke after Belgium completed a stunning 3-2 comeback against Japan to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Monday.

The Blues' first-choice keeper, Thibaut Courtois, is reportedly considering a move back to Spain, with Real Madrid said to be interested.

The keeper now says being closer to his children in Madrid was crucial, although any decisions over his future will not be made until Belgium's World Cup campaign ends.

As reported by the Mirror, Courtois said: 'I have a certain preferred destination.

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And it has been claimed Sarri has already told Roman Abramovich about the two players he does not want to see leave Chelsea this summer.

On whether he will remain at Stamford Bridge, he added: "I'm not going to talk about that now". The difference is that my kids are in Madrid, and they have seen the game and they see their father and they want him to be close.

"My kids are the most important for me".

'The only thing I've always said is that after the World Cup I look at everything.

Chelsea are now locked in a battle with Liverpool and AS Roma for the signing of Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

'The only thing is that my children are the most important and I'll make the decision that best suits me for everything'. Chelsea however, are willing to spend around €70mn on Alisson and sell Courtois to Madrid to regain their expenses.

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