Chelsea have agreed to let Petr Cech leave for AS Roma with negotiations between the two clubs currently ongoing, reports Metro.
Citing reports from Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, the English tabloid claims that Jose Mourinho has finally succumbbed to Cech's demands to leave Stamford Bridge after a ten-year stay.
The 32-year-old has had to settle for a second-choice role for the Blues this season after Thibaut Courtois returned from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Mourinho chose to side with the youngster, leaving Cech on the bench for all but nine of Chelsea's games this season.
Should Cech seal a move to Serie A, he will be the second senior goalkeeper to leave Stamford Bridge this window. Mark Schwarzer left to join Leicester City and Mourinho confirmed his departure would see Jamal Blackman return from his loan spell at Middlesbrough.
However, should Cech complete his move it would leave Mourinho with little option but to delve into the transfer market before the window closes at the beginning of February. With Cech's £100,000-a-week wages off the books it would at least free up funds for a new signing.
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While Chelsea fans will be dismayed to see Cech leave, seeing him depart for a club in another country is much better than the alternative. Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with Cech in recent weeks as Wojciech Szczesny and Simon Mignolet fail to inspire confidence with their respective managers.
Mourinho would be reluctant to see a world-class talent leave for a Premier League rival and may have jumped at the opportunity to sell Cech to a club outside of England. AS Roma would only conceivably affect Chelsea in the Champions League like Courtois did when he faced them for Atletico Madrid last term.
There are some doubts as to whether these latest reports are true as Cech's agent Viktor Kolar has already confirmed that Cech is unlikely to leave west London in the current window.
"There has been no contact with AS Roma,” he told the Evening Standard in December. “Certainly Petr will not move during the transfer market in January."