Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to reluctantly let Petr Cech complete a season-long loan switch to either Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco before the transfer window slams shut, but only if the deal includes a recall option.
Cech is facing the very real prospect of sitting on the bench every weekend after Mourinho picked Thibaut Coutois to start Monday's Premier League opener at Turf Moor, which has alerted Ligue 1's mega-rich duo to the possibility of signing a world-class stopper in a short-term a move.
Mourinho is still hoping to persuade Cech to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place, but the Daily Mail believe the 32-year-old can leave if Chelsea have a clause which allows them to bring the club legend back in January should Courtois be affected by injuries or a sudden loss of form.
Headache over squad quota
Chelsea still have to shed one foreign player from their first-team squad before September 1st to meet Premier League regulations, plus two from Mourinho's options for the Champions League group stages.
Cech may have 470 Chelsea appearances to his name, but that doesn't mean he's not a strong candidate to be the man that allows the Blues to fit a star-studded squad inside those quota rules, particularly with PSG and Monaco's interest so strong.
Both sides could offer Cech much more certainty over selection and Champions League football, but the hugely experienced stopper has yet to make his mind up over a transfer request after a very difficult week.
Mourinho hails a top professional
Ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash with Leicester City the Blues boss was asked about Cech's position and gave the veteran a glowing endorsement for his attitude and commitment, but don't expect that to result in a recall just yet.
Mourinho insisted: "He [Cech] is working as always, behaving as always, being a group man as always, being a Chelsea person as always. Is he totally happy? I don't believe. But it's not just him. It's everyone who didn't start the game.
Now, in these first three matches, some are not playing and they feel worse. But Petr's behaviour is fantastic, and that's important.”
Chelsea face some difficult decisions over high earners like Cech and Fernando Torres, who may not represent value for money anymore thanks to top summer signings in the same positions.
Cech's £100,000-a-week salary would be no problem for Monaco or PSG, but nothing has been decided just yet and Mourinho has more than a week to make a final call on the world-class keeper's future.