Jose Mourinho is ready to ditch long-standing number one goalkeeper Petr Cech in favour for Thibaut Courtois, reports Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The future of the young Belgian goalkeeper has been up in the air all season with the player constantly telling reporters that he is none the wiser to where he will be plying his trade next term.
Official, Courtois has been a Chelsea player since 2011 but has yet to play for the club or even train at the Cobham base. Instead he has been on loan to Atletico Madrid where he has earned rave reviews for his spectacular and consistent performances.
With just two years to run on his Chelsea contract, attention has turned to whether Courtois, who is now considered the finest young goalkeeper in the world, will ever play for Chelsea, as Cech 31, still has plenty of miles left on the clock.
However, Courtois, 21, has done enough to convince Chelsea manager Mourinho, who is ready to ditch Cech in favour of bringing Courtois back to Stamford Bridge for next season.
According to the Spanish broadsheet, Mourinho has been left very unhappy with some of Cech's performances in big matches this season - a point emphasised by his unconvincing display against PSG on Wednesday.
Cech, who has more clean sheets for Chelsea than any other player, will likely have to be sold as the Czech international would not tolerate a season on the bench after ten years in the No.1 shirt for Chelsea.
He also earns around £100,000-a-week and would represent a luxury option as a back-up goalkeeper, especially with the Stamford Bridge outfit looking to cut down on spending to comply with financial fair play.
But at 10-years his junior, Courtois represents a significant investment for Mourinho, who knows the Belgian international could easily hold the position for a similar amount of time or longer.
Mourinho is looking to bed down a long-term plan at Chelsea and a young and talented goalkeeper will be key to their foundation.
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