The agent of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has threatened to contact Barcelona and Real Madrid if Jose Mourinho tells his client to find a new club this summer. The 32-year-old is set to lose his starting position to Belgium international Thibaut Courtois next season, but Viktor Kolar is confident that Cech would have no shortage of suitors.
Speaking to Czech website Aktualne - and brought to our attention by Sky Sports - Kolar told reporters: "I would get in touch with Zubizarreta (Barcelona) and people at Real Madrid. These are clubs we would consider if Chelsea wanted to get rid of Petr.
"We would also consider Bayern [Munich] but they have [Manuel] Neuer there. Then there are leagues Petr would not go to. For instance, the Serie A, because clubs in that league have problems."
Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco interested
Kolar also revealed that France's two richest clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco, have been in touch to enquire about Cech's situation.
He added: "Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest and we have also communicated with Monaco."
The Ligue 1 duo could certainly afford Cech's considerable wages, but whether the Czech Republic international wants to spend the next few years of his career in an inferior league to the Premier League or La Liga is doubtful. He is still widely regarded as one of the world's best goalkeepers, after all, and was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year at the end of last season.
Cech happy to stay at Chelsea
Furthermore, Cech is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge and battle Courtois for the number one jersey. The veteran goalkeeper is settled in west London, having spent 10 years at the club, and would prefer to stay and fight for his place.
"Nothing changes," Kolar continued. "He has two years left on his Chelsea contract and has an interest to continue there. Mourinho did not tell him that he would not count on him anymore.
"We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available [for transfer]. If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world's top goalkeepers and has a certain salary. There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him.
"If he were to leave, we're discussing two or three clubs in the world. The situation has developed in a way, of course, but for now he is staying at Chelsea."
Cech's Chelsea adventure
Recovery from shoulder surgery
Cech was expected to miss the start of the 2014/15 campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery in May. He sustained an injury during the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, but has made a swift recovery and is is expected to be in contention to start the Blues' first Premier League fixture of the new campaign against Burnley on August 16.
"Petr is successfully continuing his recovery from his [shoulder] injury and everything is going according to the plan. He will be ready for the start of the pre-season preparation," Kolar concluded.
Do Barcelona or Real Madrid need Cech?
As Kolar concedes. Bayern Munich already have a world-class goalkeeper in their ranks in the form of Manuel Neuer. However, there's a possibility that both Real Madrid and Barcelona would jump at the opportunity to sign Cech this summer.
Barcelona less so after completing deals to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo, but Real Madrid are reportedly keen to offload both Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez this summer. Los Blancos have identified Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla as potential replacements; however, the situation could change if Chelsea decide to sell Cech.