Barcelona are considering an approach for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sun.
The 20 year old Belgian is on loan to La Liga club Atletico Madrid, whom the Catalans beat 4-1 over the weekend. That result aside, the Nou Camp club have reportedly been impressed with the youngster's performances this season. The Spaniards have reportedly already made informal enquiries and could now lodge an official bid, as they look for a long-term replacement for Victor Valdes.
Courtois joined the Blues from Genk for £8m in the summer of 2011 but was loaned to Atletico as a replacement for David de Gea, who signed for Manchester United. And after a successful debut season in La Liga, the stopper decided to extend his stay at the Spanish capital, as Petr Cech continued as Chelsea's No 1.
The Belgian is scheduled to stay with the Spaniards till the end of the season but there were rumours Chelsea might recall the goalkeeper in January. Courtois' contract with the west London outfit runs till 2016.
Luiz Disappointed with World Cup Defeat
Chelsea defender David Luiz has stated he is very disappointed with the Blues' failure to clinch the FIFA Club World Cup.
The reigning European champions went down 1-0 to Brazilian side Corinthians in the final in Yokohama over the weekend, thanks to a late goal from Peruvian hitman Paolo Guerrero.
"I congratulate them but I cannot be happy. I wanted to win so much. I'd dreamed one day of playing in the Club World Cup final. I play for a big club and big clubs win big games and big titles, so now I have a heavy heart. But life continues. I have a great job and I have to say thank you for that every day. You can cry for one night. Tomorrow is another day," the Brazilian told the Guardian.
Chelsea visit Elland Road to take on Leeds United in a League Cup quarter final in midweek.