Chelsea are pondering a move for Tottenham veteran Brad Friedel as a replacement for Petr Cech, according to the Telegraph.
Along with the 44-year-old, the paper claims that the Blues are also looking at Craig Gordon, Rob Green and John Ruddy as potential alternatives as well.
Cech faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge despite featuring in Chelsea’s 2-0 Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham at Wembley, having been largely forced to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois this season.
The 32-year-old may seek to leave Chelsea at the end of the season in order to seek regular first-team football, and according to the Telegraph Jose Mourinho is seeking a back-up to Courtois who will be happy to be a number two.
And that could prompt a shock move for Freidel, who is third choice at Tottenham behind Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm. The American is yet to feature for Spurs this season and was expected to retire at the end of the campaign when his contract expires, however may well be tempted by the possibility of a move to Stamford Bridge.
Green, who is 35-years-old, has two years to run on his contract with QPR, may a more viable option given that the 32-year-old Gordon and the 28-year-old Ruddy are likely to be less inclined to take on a number-two role.
Chelsea pulled a similar stunt by snapping up veteran Mark Schwarzer in 2013 from Fulham when he was 40-years-old.
Cech is attracting interest from a host of top clubs including Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, however Chelsea are keen for him to remain in west London and compete for the number one spot with Courtois.
Jose Mourinho pulled off more than one masterstroke against Tottenham on Sunday. Not only was he able to nullify the counter-attacking threat of Spurs’ he also bought himself no small amount of credit with Cech.
The Capital One Cup final was a big game for Chelsea and by giving the nod to Cech over Courtois he showed that the 32-year-old was still a valued part of his team. The Special One is always planning and scheming and that may go some way towards convincing Cech to stay put. Only time will tell.