Barca Court Thibaut

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Thibaut CourtoisGettyImagesChelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are expected to fight over Thibaut Courtois next summer.

Barcelona will move to make Thibaut Courtois the first-choice goalkeeper at Camp Nou next season if they are unable to hold onto Victor Valdes. According to the Daily Star, Barca are keen to make an early play for the Chelsea 'keeper, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid. Although the Belgian is likely to return to Stamford Bridge next season and compete with Petr Cech for first-team football, Gerardo Martino's side believe they can persuade Courtois to remain in Spain by offering him a permanent deal. Barca president Sandro Rosell confirmed on Tuesday that his desire is to see Valdes extend his contract, but insists Courtois is a viable option otherwise.

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak could be rewarded for his early season form with the Premier League newcomers as the club have re-opened negotiations with the Australian, the Star reports. The 29-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has attracted interest from Fulham, Stoke and Aston Villa. Palace are fearful Jedinak could leave on a free if they fail to secure his long-term future or allow him to exit in January.

AC Milan are close to securing a deal for Valencia defender Adil Rami, according to Sportmediaset. Agent Enzo Bronzetti is believed to be working on the move, with Milan hopeful Rami will opt for a switch to the San Siro in January. The Frenchman's time at the Mestalla appears to be limited after he publicly criticised coach Miroslav Djukic last week and Valencia would have little problem in letting him go. Rami could join Valencia on a six-month loan before sealing a permanent deal next summer.


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