Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois has been offered to Barcelona amid speculation linking Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a move to Manchester City, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Belgian is believed to want Champions League football next season, and the Spanish publication claims the Blues would let him go for €63m (£49.7m).

Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011 as a hot prospect, before being sent on loan to Atletico Madrid for three successive seasons. Jose Mourinho recalled the player in the summer of 2015, making him his number one ahead of Petr Cech amid the Belgian developing a reputation as one of Europe's finest custodians.

The 23-year-old played a crucial role in last season's Premier League and Capital One Cup double, but his future has fell under scrutiny in a complicated campaign for both the team and himself.

Mundo Deportivo claims Courtois will leave Chelsea as they will not play in Europe next season, thwarting his plans for Champions League football.

The publication alleges Courtois' entourage has offered the player to both Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain are understood to be keen on luring him to the Ligue 1. The report adds that new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is open to letting the player leave, but would demand a staggering €63m to do so. Southampton's Fraser Forster would be the presumed replacement signing.

The news coincides with Ter Stegen's future at the Nou Camp being shrouded in uncertainty. Barcelona want the German at the club for the long-haul, but the youngster is apparently unhappy with Luis Enrique's rotation policy between the sticks. Ter Stegen plays in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, but only serves as Claudio Bravo's back-up in La Liga.

Last month the Daily Telegraph reported Manchester City were on the verge of beating Liverpool for his signature in a £20m deal, with incoming manager Pep Guardiola having earmarked the player as a priority.

Sources at Barcelona denied those reports, assuring fans the club would not negotiate the player's departure for anything below his €80m release clause. However, Ter Stegen has since admitted he will need to speak with club officials at the end of the season to clarify his situation.


Mundo Deportivo has suggested that Barcelona are already planning for life after a possible departure for the player.

Courtois is a preferred option, but other mooted names include Real Sociedad's Gero Rulli, Sevilla's Sergio Rico and German duo Bernd Leno and Felix Wiedwald.