Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed to the press that highly-rated goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is having a medical at the club ahead of completing his move this week.
The 19-year-old, who currently plays for Belgium Champions Genk, will be the new manager’s first signing since being appointed as he completes his search for a capable back-up for No.1 keeper Petr Cech.
Speaking about the deal, Villas-Boas said: “There is an agreement between the two clubs. Now we will decide what is best for him.”
As for how much Chelsea are paying for Courtois, the official fee has not been released but Genk director Dirk Degraen said that it was an ‘enormous offer’ that couldn’t possibly turn down.
He then confirmed that Chelsea’s was ‘by far the largest bid’ with other top European clubs interested in the keeper’s services.
In terms of what the Blues are getting for their money, they are recruiting a 6ft 6in Belgian International who impressed many people with his performances in the Pro League last season.
Courtois helped Genk to the title with his assured performances and there is no doubt that he appears to have a mature head on young shoulders.
Chelsea clearly see him as a long-term replacement for Cech and also someone who could handle Premier League football if called upon in the 2011/2012 new season.
With a medical and personal terms being sorted this week, the move is expected to go through before the weekend.
As for other transfer gossip as far as Chelsea are concerned, Newcastle United are apparently interested in signing Blues striker Daniel Sturridge, while Slobodan Rajkovic – who signed for the club six years ago – will make his debut on pre-season tour of Malaysia.
Also, as a word of warning for new boss Villas-Boas, Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has said that the club that they do not need to spend too much money this summer in order to be successful.