Chelsea, Atletico to make a swap for Courtois

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Thibaut CourtoisGettyImagesAtletico Madrid are rumoured to be desperate to make Thibaut Courtois' move permanent.

You lose one, you gain one. That could be the new saying at Chelsea with the Mirror claiming that Atletico Madrid will look to swap either Diego Costa or Koke for the Blues’ young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The 21-year-old Courtois has been a revelation in the Spanish capital, helping the team to joint top of La Liga and into the knockout stages of the Champions League. And Atletico are so desperate to keep the Belgium international in Spain they are willing to lose either Costa or Koke. Striker Costa is joint the top scorer in La Liga while Koke is one of the rising stars of Spanish football.

Tottenham are also fearing a star player being lost to Spain with the Telegraph reporting that Real Madrid are interested in signing midfielder Paulinho. The Brazil international has easily settled into life in the Premier League since his summer move from Corinthians, but that type of form has piqued the interest of Madrid, who have already raided Spurs for Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in recent times. And with other European clubs also showing interest in the 25-year-old, Madrid may make their move sooner rather than later.

Across North London, Arsenal could be closer to solving their striker shortage with the Daily Mail reporting the Gunners are close to securing a loan deal for young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The 21-year-old is seen as a future star at the Bernabeu but, at the moment, could be allowed to leave on loan to further his development. And Arsenal, who have relied heavily on Olivier Giroud for goals this season, are reluctant to throw money at a big transfer fee on strengthening the squad, and see a loan move for the Spain youth international as the perfect option.

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