Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s hopes of persuading Petr Cech to stay at Stamford Bridge until at least the end of the season have been dealt a sizeable blow, with Roma making the Czech international one of their top January transfer targets.
Cech has started only four games for the Blues thanks to Mourinho’s decision to make Thibaut Courtois his number one goalkeeper, which has led to understandable speculation that the hugely experienced stopper will look to move on in search of regular first-team football when the transfer window opens.
Mourinho is determined to get the best of both worlds and hold onto Cech for the time being, but the lure of the Italian capital and a lucrative switch to Serie A may well put paid to those plans.
Roma plan to keep spending big
Roma supremo Rudi Garcia is the driving force behind ambitious Giallorossi plans to keep expanding, despite a whirlwind 18 months which has seen the Frenchman turn a team which perennially underachieves into genuine Champions League contenders.
La Republbica has today reported that Garcia has the full backing of Roma chiefs when it comes to the January transfer window, with sporting director Walter Sabatini prepared to fix a hit and miss summer of spending by chasing top-class additions at the earliest possible opportunity.
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Cech looks a viable target
Garcia’s interest in Cech makes perfect sense when you take a look at the goalkeeping situation at Roma. Current first choice Morgan De Sanctis turns 38 before the current campaign closes, which means that despite the Azzurri stopper being largely reliable he’ll likely be replaced before next season at the latest.
Cech almost seems to have been around forever, but despite more than decade at Stamford Bridge the giant last line of defence is still only 32, very much a prime age for a world-class goalkeeper.
The Chelsea star’s current £100,000-a-week salary wouldn’t be a problem for Roma given their current financial strength, although Real Madrid and Besiktas are also very keen on striking a deal with such a safe pair of hands.
Mourinho has under two months to use his full powers of persuasion in his bid to keep Cech until Chelsea’s fight for trophies on four fronts is finished, but it now looks like he’s fighting a losing a battle