Paris Saint-Germain are preparing to make the first bid to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea, according to recent reports.
This information comes courtesy of Goal, who claim that the likes of La Liga giants Real Madrid and French rivals Monaco also hold an interest in the £10 million-rated experienced goalkeeper, but that the opening offer for his services is expected to be made by PSG.
Courtois v Cech
Chelsea's goalkeeping conundrum has barely been out of the press in recent weeks, with all manner of reporters, pundits and fans scrambling to have their say over whether Cech or Belgian starlet and former long-term Atletico Madrid loanee Thibaut Courtois should start in the club's 2014/15 Premier League opener against newly-promoted Burnley on Monday night, with both men having featured during pre-season.
Jose Mourinho eventually opted for youth over experience, with Courtois - who never had any real chance of saving Scott Arfield's opener for the hosts - enjoying a relatively solid debut for Chelsea, three years after arriving at Stamford Bridge from Pro League outfit Racing Club Genk.
Given his comfortable showing in Lancashire and superb form in La Liga over recent seasons, it is unlikely that, barring an unfortunate injury or uncharacteristically severe dip in form, Courtois will be dropped from top-flight duties with Mourinho evidently not content to deploy a rotational system in a crucial position where continuity is key.
That fact has led to transfer speculation involving Cech reaching fever pitch over recent days, with the general feeling that he will simply not accept a place on the substitute's bench following a decade of almost unbroken service as Chelsea's undisputed number one.
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Mourinho would presumably be pained to see such a loyal and trusted member of his first-team squad depart, although it seems unlikely that he would stand in Cech's way if a satisfactory bid was received and the player indicated a clear willingness to move on.
A guarantee of regular first-team football will presumably be a prerequisite of any transfer, something that the likes of Real Madrid cannot truly provide with the club having recently completed the capture of Costa Rica international Keylor Navas from Levante.
PSG currently have Italian Salvatore Sirigu as their first-choice 'stopper, although the fact that they are lining up a concrete bid would appear to suggest that they are able to offer Cech the starts that he will inevitably require.