Deals involving five clubs will culminate in Thibaut Courtois making the switch to the Bernabeu in the summer.
Los Blancos are eyeing up a number of top goalkeepers to replace Keylor Navas — including De Gea and Hugo Lloris — but it’s the Belgian who now looks most likely to start the 2017-18 season between the sticks at Real Madrid.
Courtois’ departure would be for around £60m, which would make him the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper, and Chelsea would use the money to bring in Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid.
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The Slovenian has proved himself one of the best stoppers around, and had been tipped to replace De Gea at Manchester United, should he have been the man chosen to make the Bernabeu move.
Despite no longer being considered among the best around, he is agile and would be well protected by a solid defence at Atletico.
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