Chelsea close on Courtois

The 19-year-old is highly rated and helped Genk to win the Belgian

championship last season. Chelsea have been tracking him for a

number of months and, despite reported interest from Atletico

Madrid, a deal looks set to be concluded. Courtois’ father and

agent Thierry confirmed a deal was close and he expects it to go

through on Tuesday. “He [Thibault] was in Chelsea last week,” he

revealed to Het Belang Van Limberg. “I think Chelsea and Genk have

reached an agreement. Tuesday we will come and talk about the

transfer.” Chelsea are reportedly happy to let Courtois return to

Genk on loan, and his father admitted this was an option but he

rubbished any claims he could sign a new deal with the Belgian

club. “Maybe Chelsea will lend Thibaut to Genk, but a contract

extension does not interest us anymore,” he added. Chelsea are

still understood to be keen on making a double swoop on Genk, as

talks over midfielder Kevin de Bruyne also continue. The Blues had

hoped to send De Bruyne back on loan to Belgium, but to Genk’s

rivals Anderlecht, which would also have helped their continued

pursuit of Romelu Lukaku. However, Genk have insisted they will not

allow De Bruyne to be loaned to any other Belgian club should he be

sold. Regarding Lukaku, he admits he is more than happy to stay at

Anderlecht, should his move to Chelsea fail to materialise.

“Occasionally you might yearn for something new, but for now I sit

here very well. We’ll see where it goes,” he said after returning

for pre-season training, where he was joined in the first team by

his young brother Jordan. But he still admits a move to England is

his dream, adding: “I would really like a top transfer and I have

always wanted to go to England.”