Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech could complete a surprise move to Turkish outfit Besiktas in January, days after it was announced that a new partnership had been agreed between the two clubs.
This is according to the London Evening Standard, who understand that Cech could leave Stamford Bridge on either a permanent or short-term deal when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year. The Czech Republic international has spent most of the season so far on the substitutes' bench, following the return of Thibaut Courtois.
Agent confirms possible move
The report adds quotes from agent Mithat Halis, who is connected with Sport Invest International - the group that represent Cech - and claims Besiktas is a possibility for last season's PFA Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year.
“We have not held talks yet. However, Chelsea have recently made an agreement with Besiktas. Chelsea have similar deals with Vitesse and other clubs," he told reporters. “If Cech does become available Besiktas would become a potential destination.”
Cech will consider options
Cech recently admitted that he will seriously consider his options in January if he continues to be overlooked by Jose Mourinho, who would prefer to keep the 32-year-old at the club, but knows the veteran goalkeeper is unhappy watching on from the sidelines.
Besiktas are not the only club interested in signing Cech, however. It's believed that Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and European champions Real Madrid are all keen on the veteran keeper, who has been one of Europe's best over the past ten years.
A move to Real Madrid could appeal
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti - who worked with Cech during his spell as Chelsea manager - may regard the Blues' star as a potential replacement for Iker Casillas, the 33-year-old who has been a shadow of his former self over the past 12 months.
It appears that coaches at the Bernabeu are yet to be convinced by summer signing Keylor Navas, the 27-year-old Costa Rica international who arrived from Levante in August. Casillas, despite his questionable form, has started all but one of Real Madrid's La Liga fixtures this season.
A move to the Bernabeu - to play for arguably the biggest club on the planet, under a manager he respects - is likely to appeal to Cech more than a move to Besiktas.
But the Turkish giants will not give up without a fight.
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