Chelsea are contemplating selling Petr Cech to open the door for Thiabut Courtois, according to reports.

The Czech Republic international has been the undisputed number one at Stamford Bridge for over nine years, after Claudio Ranieiri set his sights on the Rennes stopper.

Cech then flourished under Jose Mourinho following his arrival in west London, and has gone on to win three Premier League’s, two FA Cup’s and Champions League with Chelsea.

However, the 31-year-old’s time with the Blues could be up, with Marca reporting that the club are considering selling the player to make room for Courtois.

The young Belgian enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Atletico Madrid last term, and is once again plying his trade in the Spanish capital this season.

His form has led to speculation over a permanent move to Spain, with Barcelona considering a raid for the 21-year-old.

Gerardo Martino is looking for a replacement for Victor Valdes, after the La Liga legend announced he’d be leaving the Nou Camp next summer, and Courtois has emerged at the top of the Barca radar if reports are to be believed.

But, Mourinho is unlikely to part with the former Genk starlet easily, and if Cech does leave Chelsea sooner rather than later, then the 11-cap international will almost certainly become the new number one for the Premier League title contenders.

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