Chelsea & Barcelona linked with keeper swap deal

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is tempted to leave the club as Barcelona consider a move for the stopper.

The Daily Star claims the Czech international has held talks with Blues boss Jose Mourinho, and is considering the possibility of a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.

Speculation in Spain goes on to suggest that, with Victor Valdes also looking for a new challenge away from the Nou Camp, a swap deal could be struck between the two parties in the New Year.

Cech has been in west London for nine years, joining Chelsea from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes back in 2004. He’s gone on to become one of the Premier League’s all-time greats between the sticks.

However, the rise of Thiabut Courtois has cast doubt over the 31-year-old’s long-term future at the club, with the young Belgian expected to return to the English capital next summer after his second season on loan at Atletico Madrid.

The youngster has been linked with Barcelona himself, but now reports in Spain claim that Gerardo Martino is interested in a move for Cech.

Valdes, meanwhile, has spent his entire playing career with the Blaugrana, making his senior debut back in 2002 and claiming multiple honours in Catalonia.

The Star claims Mourinho is less interested in letting Cech leave in January however, as Chelsea look to mount a strong challenge for trophies both domestically and in Europe.

Whether a swap could happen in the summer remains to be seen, but it appears likely that high quality keepers will be leaving their respective clubs at some stage before the 2014/15 season.

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