Barcelona are preparing a bid for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Courtois has been outstanding on-loan with Atletico Madrid this season and is seen at Barca as a replacement for their wantaway No1 Victor Valdes.

The Daily Mail says Courtois as their priority target to replace him, following his stunning form for Atletico Madrid over the past two-and-a-half years.

Nou Camp insiders have confirmed the 21-year old remains at the top of their list and that an offer will be made to keep him in La Liga.

Though the intention is to make him a Barcelona player in time for next season, rather than in the January window, an approach to Chelsea could be made in the next few weeks.

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