Diego Lopez appears to be attracting transfer attention from Serie A outfit AC Milan with his future at Real Madrid increasingly uncertain.
Lopez future in doubt
32-year-old Lopez became a mainstay at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti last season, making 36 domestic appearances for the club and used almost exclusively in La Liga competition with Iker Casillas chosen to start in the Champions League.
However, despite playing such a crucial role in 2013/14, Lopez's future at the Santiago Bernabeu has become subject to doubt in recent weeks, with Real having finally completed the signature of Keylor Navas from Levante after his impressive showing for Costa Rica at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Like Real, Milan have also moved to improve their goalkeeping options already during the current transfer window, with Michel Agazzi moving to the San Siro on a free transfer from Verona.
However, with Christian Abbiati clearly approaching the end of his career, it certainly would make sense for manager Filippo Inzaghi to ensure that he has more than one credible alternative to call upon.
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Chelsea's apparent interest in Lopez has to be considered curious, given that they currently possess two extremely capable first-team 'keepers in the experienced figure of Petr Cech and Belgian starlet Thibaut Courtois.
However, with Real Madrid having been linked with moves for both of those players - depending on which one is not deemed as Jose Mourinho's first-choice this season - it could be that the Blues are lining up Spaniard Lopez as a possible replacement in the event that one of that aforementioned pair does leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea supporters would presumably be dismayed to see Courtois depart. While he is yet to make a competitive appearance for the club, he impressed hugely during a three-year loan stint with Atletico Madrid, during which time he won the La Liga title, played in a Champions League final and developed an admirable reputation as one of the world's finest goalkeepers.
Cech, by contrast, has given a decade of loyal service to Chelsea, but could find himself surplus to requirements if his rival can repeat the same caliber of performance that saw him become an instant favourite at the Vicente Calderon.
Chelsea fans, do you think Mourinho will be able to keep hold of both Courtois and Cech? If not, which will be sold? Would you like to see Lopez arrive? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.
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