Chelsea ‘force Spurs out of the race for Newcastle keeper’

Chelsea have again been linked with Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, with The Mail on Sunday suggesting the Blues are lining up a £15m bid for the Dutchman.

It is claimed their determination to land Krul on £90,000-a-week wages has forced Tottenham out of the race to sign him, leaving Spurs to look abroad.

Abramovich is said to be keen for Chelsea to sign Krul.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has apparently agreed to bankroll a big-money offer for Krul after growing concerns over the form of Petr Cech.

The Sun on Sunday report that keeper Thibaut Courtois, who has been on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, would like to stay in Spain for another season.

The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, have an interview with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who insists his players do not fear Chelsea’s physical strength.

The two teams meet in the Champions League next week and Guardiola said: “Am I worried by Chelsea’s physical approach? No, I’m not worried.

“We have the mentality to control this situation. It’s very important to have this mentality.”

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