Maurizio Sarri prepared to sell Thibaut Courtois if Chelsea land Alisson

The Belgian is out of contract next summer and unlikely to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ready to sanction the sale of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois if Roma and Brazil No.1 Alisson is signed as his replacement, according to reports.

The Belgian keeper – who won the Golden Gloves award at the World Cup – is out of contract next summer and has little intention of signing a new deal, creating a dilemma for Chelsea over whether they should cash in or risk losing him for nothing.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Sarri is happy for the club to let Courtois go as long as Alisson is secured as his replacement.

Alisson is ahead of Ederson in the Brazil pecking order (Picture: Sportimage/PA)

The Brazilian has been chased by Liverpool for much of the summer – who themselves want to replace Loris Karius – though Roma are holding out for a mammoth £62m transfer fee.

Talks are ongoing between the clubs but Chelsea are already braced to have to pay a record fee for a goalkeeper, eclipsing the £35m Manchester City paid to Ederson for Benfica.

Sarri’s demanding style of play – known as Sarri-ball – requires a goalkeeper that is extremely confident with his feet to start attacks from deep, and Chelsea’s coaches have struggled to improve this aspect of Courtois’ game.

Alisson, however, is much more confident in possession – he averaged more passes per game with a greater success rate than Courtois last season – and that would suit Sarri perfectly.

Sarri’s style of play requires requires a keeper confident at sweeping and with his feet (Getty)

Revealingly, when asked to name Man City’s most dangerous player last season, he picked out Ederson, saying: ‘I’m being serious, because their goalkeeper didn’t miss a single ball out from the back.

‘He played 50 balls with the defence and got them all right, playing well through our pressing.’

Courtois is willing to run down the final year of his contract at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Courtois, whose former partner and children still live in Madrid, is believed to be keen to return to Spain and intimated that he will consider his future after the World Cup.

‘I’m going to talk to my agent to see what the possibilities are,’ the keeper told Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. ‘All options are open for me, I may also stay at Chelsea.’


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