Petr Cech being closely monitored by Atletico Madrid

Cech has fallen down the Chelsea pecking order thanks to the terrific Thibaut Courtois (©GettyImages)

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has emerged as Atletico Madrid's top transfer target and will be offered a career lifeline in La Liga when the January transfer window opens, according to the Daily Star.

Cech has been a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge so far this season thanks to the terrific Thibaut Courtois, a man Jose Mourinho has picked as his first-choice stopper despite the Czech star's experience and consistency over the last decade.

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Spanish adventure must be tempting

Atleti lost Courtois to the Blues last summer and would love to offer Cech the chance to be his long-term replacement at the Vicente Calderon, but they are not alone in chasing the 32-year-old and there will surely be fierce competition for his signature if he does decide to move on.

Roma are another notable Champions League contender who want Cech and have reportedly already opened negotiations over a mid-season switch, although his current salary of £100,000-a-week may prove a sticking point.

Atleti have already shown this season that they have plans to remain a genuine title contender in La Liga under the guidance of Diego Simeone, with new Chelsea strike star Diego Costa replaced by the impressive Mario Mandzukic.

Cech would fit that plan perfectly and the lure of regular first-team football with a European powerhouse must be tempting for a living Chelsea legend, who despite an incredible career in West London has been effectively pushed aside by a ruthless Mourinho.

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