Italian side AS Roma have entered the race, alongside Arsenal and Liverpool, to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in the New Year.
The Blues veteran has been dropped to the bench this season after Thibaut Courtois was rewarded the no.1 shirt by Jose Mourinho due to his development away from the club in Spain.
Courtois spent three seasons out on loan with Atletico Madrid, and after helping them to the La Liga title and the Champions League final, Mourinho finally gave him a shot in London and gave him the coveted spot between the sticks ahead of the new season.
However, that meant that Cech had to drop to the bench for the first time during his Chelsea career and that left him with a choice; to stay or to go. In the end, Cech remained at Stamford Bridge and said he would fight for his spot back, but since then, after failing to break back into the first-team, it's apparent that the 32-year-old wants out of the club.
Courtois and Mark Schwarzer have both been speaking in the press, recently admitting that the Czech international isn't happy at the club and his future is still in the air with a trio of clubs interested.
Chelsea's Premier League rivals, Arsenal and Liverpool, have both been linked with a move for the veteran, with Brendan Rodgers losing patience with Simon Mignolet and Arsene Wenger facing an injury crisis with both his first-two 'keepers sidelined.
However, Roma have now entered the race and are now prepared to make a formal move in January for the shot-stopper, according to talkSPORT.
The 32-year-old still has 18-months left on his current contract at The Bridge, but Rudi Garcia is confident he could lure the goalkeeper to Italy, with the expectation that current number one Morgan de Sanctis will be leaving the club.
De Sanctis is reportedly ready to leave Roma and will do in the summer. Garcia believes Cech is the perfect replacement and could use Ashley Cole as a bait to try and lure the Chelsea man to Serie A.
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