Courtois has told friends he is desperate for the move to Real to go through but Chelsea feel the price they are being offered for one of the best goalkeepers in the world is derisively low, even though he has only one year remaining on his contract.
But crucially, Chelsea have been unable to line up a top-class replacement for Courtois and they refuse to sell unless they can do so.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has been in frequent contact with Real in a bid to get the Spanish club to raise their offer.
However, the key issue that remains is a replacement for Courtois.
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