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Zubi BLOCKED Barcelona deal for Chelsea keeper Courtois

Barcelona could've signed Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois last summer, it has been revealed. Courtois, who has spent the past three seasons on-loan with Atletico Madrid, is expected to return to Chelsea for preseason.

Sport says 12 months ago, a Barca director held extensive talks with Courtois' camp and had a deal in place for the Belgian. However, at the last minute, the transfer was vetoed by Barca sports director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Zubi, it's understood, rates Marc-Andre ter Stegen as the better prospect and welcomed the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper to Barca last week.

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