Chelsea have been looking to sign a new keeper in anticipation of Courtois’ departure, but were stymied in their efforts to sign Brazil’s Alisson, who left Roma to join Liverpool last week. However, Kasper Schmeichel and former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech have been identified as alternatives.
The Blues are seemingly resigned to losing Courtois, who is entering the final season of his contract and could walk away for free next summer.
For Madrid, the signing of the 26-year-old Belgian who won the Golden Glove award at this summer’s World Cup would signal the end of a lengthy effort to find a new keeper. Though Keylor Navas was signed in 2014 and has acquitted himself well, Los Blancos have been looking to make a big-name signing at the position for quite a while.
Moves for Manchester United‘s David de Gea and Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga proved unsuccessful, but Courtois would be a marquee signing, given his World Cup form and his relatively young age, which could see him spend a decade at his next club.
With speculation emerging this week that the current deputy to Marcelo at the position, Theo Hernandez, is considering leaving the club in search of more playing time, Telles is being lined up as a replacement.
Madrid officials were reportedly in Porto on Monday to discuss a potential transfer for the 25-year-old, who is said to have a €40million release clause in his contract.
Telles has previously been linked with Los Blancos, back in 2015. Juventus are also reportedly interested in the in-demand full-back.
A tweet from Bordeaux on Monday read: “Bordeaux can inform you that an agreement has been reached, pending the signing of administrative documents, with Roma for the transfer of Malcom.”
Roma are reportedly paying €40million to recruit the former Corinthians forward, having received a serious cash injection from the €72.5million sale of goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool last week.