Chelsea ‘target Forster swoop’ and ‘have Griezmann hope’

Date published: Tuesday 19th April 2016 8:27 - James Marshment

Fraser Forster: Linked with Chelsea switch

Chelsea have reportedly identified potential replacements for Thibaut Courtois, with England goalkeeper Fraser Forster top of their wanted list.

Courtois’ future is unclear going into the summer, with Real Madrid ready to move for the goalkeeper should they fail to land David de Gea this summer.

The Blues recently put a £75million pice tag on the Belgian to try and scare off Real, but recent comments from Courtois suggest he is keen to move elsewhere.

Nevertheless, Chelsea are looking at goalkeepers in preparation for Courtois’ potential exit, with the Daily Mail reporting that Southampton shot-stopper Forster has emerged as a leading candidate.

The former Celtic man, who is virtually certain of being included in England’s Euro 2016 squad, has impressed since returning from a long-term knee injury earlier this season. His return to fitness coincided with a run of six consecutive clean sheets which helped Ronald Koeman’s side recover from a worrying winter slump.

Indeed, the Saints will be determined to keep Forster at St Mary’s and are ready to offer him an improved contract to ensure he stays. His current deal expires at at the end of the 2017/18 season.

But the possibility of joining Antonio Conte’s Stamford Bridge revolution next season could tempt Forster into assessing his future.

Griezmann to Chelsea?

Antoine Griezmann: Scored twice to end Barcelona reign

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claims Chelsea are refusing to give up on signing Atletico Madrid marksman Antoine Griezmann.

The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid star has scored 29 goals in 46 appearances for his club in all competitions this season.

Despite the fact that they will not be taking part in next season’s Champions League, Chelsea are set to offer Griezmann a lucrative deal in a bid to tempt him away from Atletico this summer.

Griezmann’s goals have helped his club to challenge Barcelona for the La Liga title and to reach the last four of the Champions League.

Chelsea are set to free up their wage bill this summer by allowing the likes of Falcao, Pato and Loic Remy to leave but they remain hopeful that Diego Costa will stay and hope to tempt Griezmann to form a key part of Antonio Conte’s attack at Stamford Bridge next season.

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