Real Madrid are lining up a €12.5 million (£10mln) offer for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, Cech’s manager at Chelsea for two years until 2011, wants to capitalise on his old club’s goalkeeping dilemma to take Cech to Spain on the cheap, Express reported.
Real have made preliminary enquiries about Cech but will face competition from both Paris Saint Germain and Monaco.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear he wants Cech and Thibaut Courtois, brought back from his loan period at Atletico Madrid this summer, to compete for the goalkeeper’s position this season.
But Cech, who has been at the club for 10 years, kept a record 220 clean sheets and won three league titles as well as the Champions League in a glittering stint at Stamford Bridge, is unwilling to make way for the 22 year old Belgian and sit on the bench.
Chelsea could use Cech as bait to persuade Real to sell them French central defender Raphael Varane, a player Mourinho has been targeting all season.