Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has indicated that he'll play the waiting game when it comes to securing the right transfer, because he has no interest in leaving Stamford Bridge in January unless he's offered assurances over regular first-team football at a new club.
That is according to the Evening Standard, who believe that Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Real Madrid are all seriously interested in the hugely experienced Czech stopper, but are highly unlikely to drop their current number one's in the middle of the season.
Cech is realistic about his options and will bide his time until the end of the season if need be, despite confirmed interest from Turkish giants Besiktas in a January switch.
Cech's agent expects client to stay at Chelsea
The 32-year-old's representative Viktor Kolar admitted that Cech has limited options in terms of finding another top European club in January, so Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks likely to keep the fan favourite despite handing him just four starts all season long.
Kolar conceded: "In the football world you can never rule out anything definitively, however, if you put together the facts with Petr's ambitions of a top-class goalkeeper, you will not be left with too many options.
Good things come to those who wait
"If we add to this the actual little need of these few clubs to search a new goalkeeper in the winter's transfer window, then you will find out that the chance of a transfer in the next weeks or months is not very high."
If the 111-cap international gets so fed up with playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois that he wants to move on then perhaps a loan move to Besiktas would be beneficial for both parties.
Would Besiktas loan appeal?
The Turkish giants recently signed a partnership agreement with Chelsea that will see players exchanged between the two clubs moving forward, with Besiktas club president Fikret Orman confirming he'd love to bring Cech to Istanbul under the right conditions.
Orman said: "We are working together with Chelsea to sign a player. We have not held talks yet however, Chelsea have recently made an agreement with Besiktas.
“If Cech does become available I would support such a move.”
Another peripheral figure at Chelsea in Mohamed Salah looks far more likely to be the player Besiktas are targeting at this stage, which means Cech is staring at another six months on the subs bench before completing a huge transfer when the current campaign concludes.