Petr Cech moved a step closer to January exit from Stamford Bridge after AS Roma opened talks with Chelsea, reports Metro.
Citing reports from Italy's Il Tempo, Metro claim that officials from the Serie A club are now locked in negotiations with their Chelsea counterparts and have been attempting to agree a deal in principle for several weeks.
Roma manager Rudi Garcia is keen to use AS Roma's growing financial strength to bring the 32-year-old to the Italian capital and has been buoyed by recent rumours of Cech's discontent.
Cech has been relegated to the bench under Jose Mourinho this season to be replaced by the much-younger Thibaut Coutois. Having impressed thus far, the Belgian's place as Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper looks long term.
Cech admitted this week that he was struggling with the turn of events in west London. He hinted that with Euro 2016 in the horizon, he has to play. If he wants to play, he may have to leave.
“I think they know me well enough at Chelsea to know that the situation is definitely not the way I would imagine,” he told Czech radio. “With the European Championships in 2016 and the national team in mind, there is no time for me to sit on the bench and not to play.
“I have not spoken to anybody at the club but if the situation will not start to improve for me then I will want to solve it.”
Cech may be drawn to AS Roma, not just because of their growing presence in European football but because of the potential reunion with former Chelsea star Ashley Cole.
The veteran left-back left for Rome this summer after Mourinho failed to renew his Chelsea contract. However, Cech's £100,000-a-week deal runs until 2016, giving Chelsea the power to keep him at the club until he is 34-years-old.