Chelsea are planning to sign Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green as a cut-price replacement for Petr Cech, after admitting internally that they won't be able to find another world-class stopper willing to be Thibaut Courtois' understudy next season.
That is according to The Times, who believe that Chelsea will sell Cech for no less than £10 million this summer and spend a fraction of that sum making England international Green their new number two.
Green is about to enter the final year of his contract at QPR and ticks a number of boxes for Chelsea despite being a surprise choice. The experienced stopper is proven at Premier League level and would be a homegrown player in Chelsea's Champions League squad next season, an area the Blues have to consider.
Green to make short move across West London
Chelsea at present have just three senior players which fit the criteria of homegrown status for Europe, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas.
The Blues want a reserve goalkeeper who can help them out on that front, which is why they tried to sign Norwich City mainstay John Ruddy last summer. Celtic stopper Craig Gordon has also been considered, but Green is now the frontrunner and looks increasingly likely to make the short move across West London at the end of the season, even if QPR somehow stay up.
Wage rise and trophy chase on offer
QPR are unlikely to offer any resistance when a formal offer for Green arrives at Loftus Road, because likely relegation will bring cost-cutting measures across the board.
The 35-year-old is on wages of £40,000-a-week to be the struggling side's last line of defence, a job he's done with distinction this season despite tough times at the bottom of the table.
Chelsea believe the lure of challenging for major honours in cup competitions and an increase on that salary will be enough to persuade Green to give up playing week-in, week-out, a priority deal that is seen as a necessity despite being far from an eye-catching transfer swoop.
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