Barcelona plan move for Chelsea stalwart
Barcelona are planning an ambitious swoop for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The Czech Republic international has been at Stamford Bridge for nine years and during that time has won an impressive three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields and a Champions League and Europa League triumph.
But it seems that the popular shot-stopper is planning on swapping England for Spain with the La Liga champions.
The Daily Star reports that Cech is considering his Chelsea future because he wants a fresh challenge and Barcelona are interested in signing a new goalkeeper.
Victor Valdes has indicated he will not sign a new contract at the Nou Camp and will leave at the end of this season, ironically citing that he wants a new challenge as well.
The newspaper reports that both Cech and Jose Mourinho have held talks regarding the 31-year-old’s future with the former Rennes player expressing his desire to join the Catalan club who have already made an enquiry.
But Mourinho may be more willing to let Cech move away from Stamford Bridge after young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has earned rave reviews during his time on loan at Atletico Madrid.
The Belgian, who was the Spanish side’s replacement for David De Gea who left for Manchester United in 2011, is entering his third season on loan with Atletico and the Daily Star indicates that Mourinho is under pressure to blood the club’s youngsters which includes Courtois.
The 21-year-old is yet to feature for The Blues’ first team but is expected to succeed Cech as the club’s number one goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, according the the newspaper, Barcelona are also reportedly monitoring former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s situation, who joined Napoli on loan for the season managed by his former coach Rafael Benitez.