The huge news that Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has ruptured his ACL in training and will likely miss the whole season is a classic August spanner in the works of the transfer window.
It changes everything for Madrid, and will likely lead to a domino effect around Europe. Bayern Munich are already searching for a new number one as Manuel Neuer struggles to recover from a broken leg, and now another Champions League giant are in the mix.
Real Madrid are now weighing up a similar loan to buy approach as Bayern Munich for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Thibaut Courtois has unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury. ⚪️ https://t.co/P5P8mSJsRv
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 10, 2023
Inevitably, given he’s Spanish and Chelsea are trying to sell him, Kepa Arrizabalaga is immediately being linked with a move to Real. Nizaar Kinsella is claiming that the Spanish club are considering a “loan to buy” approach for him similar to the one that Bayern were apparently considering.
It would all create a rather nice circularity – Chelsea bought Kepa in a panic after Courtois forced his move to Real. Now, the Spaniard could be following the Belgian to the Spanish capital.