Chelsea have offered Petr Cech to west London rivals Queens Park Rangers, with the Czech Republic international goalkeeper currently out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
The Daily Mail report that Cech is currently keeping his options open, but is expected to secure a move away from the club before the summer transfer window closes at 11pm this evening.
Cech settled in London
Cech and his family are settled in London and, as a result, would prefer a move to another Premier League club based in the English capital rather than a transfer abroad.
The 32-year-old, who has lost his first-team place to Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, is reportedly on the radar of French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are keen to sign the goalkeeper as an upgrade for Italy international Salvatore Sirigu.
Cech calm on deadline day
Cech could certainly earn a fortune at the Parc des Princes, but he refused to give too much away when quizzed by reporters earlier today.
“I’ve been at the club for 10 years, the situation is now new to me,” he told sport.cz. “The three opening matches I could not play for the team. I have no reason to panic, pack up and leave.
“I am a Chelsea player, where I have two more years of contract.
“In football, nothing can be predicted in advance, nothing is ever perfect.
“A lot of players go on representative duty, yet still many transfer clubs.
“The offer would have to be right for everyone. I do not exclude anything (or) know the answer.”
Move to QPR unlikely
Although QPR are based in west London, it seems unlikely that Cech would agree to join a club not competing for major honours or participating in the Champions League.
The newly-promoted club also recently spent £6 million on Reading’s highly-rated goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and have the experienced Robert Green in their ranks.
But it’s clear that QPR are desperate to avoid relegation back to the Championship and are investing heavily in a bid to prevent the dreaded drop.
QPR have secured the services of Rio Ferdinand, Leroy Fer, Steven Caulker, Mauricio Isla, Jordon Mutch and Jack Robinson. The R’s are also expected to sign Tottenham midfielder Sandro before the transfer window closes tonight.
If Cech fails to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge this evening, he will spend most matches between now and January watching on from the bench.
Mourinho may opt to use him in the Capital One Cup and possibly in the Champions League, but Courtois has started the season very impressively and will continue to occupy the number one spot at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future.