Petr Cech's agent has confirmed that he's started negotiations with Besiktas over a potential transfer in the summer.
The Blues goalkeeper has been forced to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois this term and is now assessing his options ahead of the summer window.
Cech has made just six Premier League appearances this term and has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months. The 32-year-old admitted last week that he has grown frustrated of sitting on the bench this season and could seek a move away.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he wants the veteran shotstopper to stay put, but concedes he may move on in order to get more time on the pitch. "For me, decision one would be for Petr to stay," he said. "After that, second point, to go but not in England."
It seems as though Mourinho could well get his wish with Viktor Kolar confirming that talks over a potential move to Turkey have begun.
"We have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks. Turkey is a choice for Cech but we will decide when the league is over," he told Turkish website Fanatik.
That news will come as a blow to Arsenal who have been heavily linked with Cech. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger can currently call upon David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny in goal, and the Frenchman has publicly insists he's happy with his options for the time being.
I believe in the goalkeepers I have," said the Arsenal boss when quizzed about a possible move for Cech. "I believe that Wojciech Szczesny is a very good goalkeeper and David Ospina has come in and done a fantastic job.
“You look at the numbers in the Premier League and who is top of all the goalkeepers and you will see it is Ospina."
Petr Cech deserves to be playing regular football in one of Europe's top leagues - and Turkey doesn't fall into that category.
This seems to be a classic trick by Cech's agent to flush out any suitors - by all accounts Cech is settled in London and could easily play for a big club here. Even Mourinho admitted earlier this week that although he doesn't want him going to a rival, Cech has probably earned the right to make his own mind up.
Even if he doesn't go to Arsenal - and Wenger has a point about his goalkeepers, Ospina especially - then there are likely to be a host of clubs who want him, each of them better than Besiktas.