Thursday, 14 July 2011
Thibaut Courtois to become Petr Cech II
Genk have officially accepted an improved Chelsea bid for Thibaut Courtois and cleared the way for him to become Andre Villas-Boas’ first signing as Stamford Bridge manager. Agent Thierry Courtois was summoned to a meeting with club bosses last night and told his son was free to complete his dream move after agreement had been reached on a fee of around £5m. Courtois snr will discuss Chelsea’s personal terms with the 19-year old Genk keeper today. After earning only around £80k a year with the Belgian champions, Courtois jnr was always assured of a bumper pay rise at Stamford Bridge and seems certain to be confirmed as a Chelsea player. Though he is viewed by Chelsea bosses as a future first-team keeper, he will be allowed to spend next season at Genk on a season-long loan. After failing with an initial £3m bid, Chelsea contacted Genk with an increased offer that has now been rubbestamped. Courtois played a key role in Genk’s title success last season, but the club’s attempts to tie him to a new improved long-term deal were dashed by Chelsea’s interest.
source: Daily Mail