Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is being linked with a shock move to Chelsea.
Belgium stopper Thibaut Courtois is wanted by Real Madrid and has yet to agree new terms despite now entering the final year of his Stamford Bridge deal.
The Chelsea hierarchy are admirers of Hart, 31, even though he was left out of England’s World Cup squad and was brutally axed by City boss Pep Guardiola.
Hart is seen by Chelsea and new boss Maurizio Sarri as a good option due to his small price tag — and because he boosts their count of homegrown players.
Yet any deal could rile Blues supporters after he could not even nail down the No 1 slot while on loan at bitter rivals West Ham.