This news comes courtesy of the Metro, who cite the Express as reporting that Chelsea have now leapfrogged London rivals Arsenal in the race to sign the £200,000-a-week Germany international. Real Madrid are understood to be keen to sign Cech, who has lost his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois this season, and a swap deal involving the two household names could be completed as early as January.
Good news for Man United
That Real Madrid are very interested in bringing Cech to the Bernabeu will come as a huge relief to Manchester United and their manager Louis van Gaal, who is desperate to keep David de Gea - a Los Blancos target - at Old Trafford. Rumours linking the Spain international with a move to Real Madrid have intensified over the past week, with some reports claiming that a £25 million bid would be lodged in January.
De Gea has still not put pen-to-paper on a contact extension with the Red Devils - his current deal expires in 2016 - but the potentially world-class 23-year-old is expected to commit his long-term future to the 20-time English champions, and that process could now be sped up following news that Real Madrid have turned their attention elsewhere.
Blow for Arsenal
While good news for Manchester United, it’s less positive for Arsenal, who had reportedly agreed personal terms with Khedira earlier this month. The Gunners require a first-class holding midfielder to enhance their chances of winning their first Premier League title since 2004 - and had identified the World Cup winner as the perfect January signing.
But despite the agreement between Khedira and Arsenal, nothing had been agreed between the Gunners and Real Madrid, who now favour doing business with Chelsea because of the offer to sign Cech. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti does not appear content with his current goalkeeper options and would be more than happy to secure Cech’s services, with De Gea unlikely to be sold by the Red Devils.
Cech to replace Navas and Casillas?
Where this leaves Real Madrid’s summer signing Keylor Navas is unclear. The Costa Rican goalkeeper signed a six-year deal with Los Blancos following his impressive showing at the World Cup finals in Brazil but has not been able to displace the out-of-sorts Iker Casillas, who has started all but one of Real Madrid’s La Liga fixtures at the start of this season.
Cech recently admitted that he would consider his future at Stamford Bridge if he continued spending time on the subs’ bench. And while he had his family are settled in London, the opportunity to play regular first-team football for Real Madrid - arguably the world’s biggest club - may prove too tempting a challenge to turn down.