With Chelsea missing out on Champions League Football for the second time in the last three years, some players may feel tempted to move on for the sake of a coveted Champions League title.
Many players such as Hazard, Pedro, Fabregas, Morata and Luiz have all been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge.
Courtois however, has openly flirted with the prospect of moving to Real Madrid. Having won La Liga under Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid, the big Belgian has great affection for the league and will also want to reunite with his girlfriend and daughter who are residents of the city.
Should the Premier League Champ leave in the coming months, here we suggest five potential replacements the pensioners could turn to.
1. Willy Caballero
Having played second fiddle to Courtois over the past two seasons, the Argentine has challenged Courtois’ position in the team with pretty good results. His heroics in the FA Cup shootout with Norwich as well as the fan’s affection for him may all be factors to consider for whoever will be taking the reigns at Stamford Bridge.
On the contrary, the former Manchester City man is liable to make mistakes as he did in Chelsea’s recent draw with Huddersfield. He lacks the same authority as Courtois in the box, but his shot stopping and penalty saving ability is of an acceptable standard.
2. Alisson Becker
The Brazilian first choice ‘keeper is one of the most in demand goal-minders in Europe. His form has been scintillating in Serie A this season as he continues to he continues to make a name for himself.
He has recently been linked with both Real Madrid and Liverpool who denied him a Champions League Final just last week. Any goalkeeper who can keep Ederson out of the national team is one hell of a player.
3. Gianluigi Donnarumma
The 19-year old looks like the heir to Buffon’s throne. He has without doubt become the most sought after goalkeeper in the world. His youth could see him stay at Chelsea for over 12 years should he make the surprise switch to the Premier League.
Recent speculation has come out that Donarumma will stay at the San Siro for one more season before considering his future options. With Iloris at Spurs, Ederson at City and De Gea at United, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea seem like his best option should he chose England.
One would imagine Juventus and Real Madrid will also be linked with the the starlet. Perhaps if Conte was to stay in West London, he could convince his fellow countryman to pick the five time Champions.
4. Nick Pope
Having effectively stolen Tom Heaton’s job, Pope has emerged as a possible contender for England’s World Cup squad. He has widely impressed and has some valuable Premier League experience under his belt.
If the FA were to bring in stricter regulations with regards to the amount of English players required in a staring eleven, Pope would without doubt be one of the top targets for numerous Premier League clubs. Whether or not Burnley would be willing to sell may be another story.
5. Jack Butland
The Stoke man looks to be heading to the World Cup. Jordan Pickford appears to be his biggest competition for first choice. At 25, Butland could spend five or six years at the helm at Stamford Bridge.
Following Stoke’s shock relegation, I have no doubt that the Englishman will be looking for a new club during the Summer months.
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