With rumblings that they may be about to lose Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid this summer, Chelsea have reportedly rigged up a cheapo contingency plan to ensure they have a goalkeeper next season.
Plan A for the Blues is to muscle Liverpool out of the frame and land in-demand Brazilian stopper Alisson, though the latest on that front is that Roma have just received an emphatic world record bid from Anfield.
However, there is a Plan B now in place according to the Guardian, which is as underwhelming as it is spectacularly unimaginative.
Should Alisson end up on Merseyside, Chelsea are hoping to coax Petr Cech back to his old stomping ground in a deal worth somewhere around the £7million mark.
Arsenal have already brought in Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen and it’s thought that a bid of around £7-10million might be enough for Chelsea to re-sign the man who spent 11 thoroughly successful years at Stamford Bridge before being snaffled up by the Gunners in 2015.
The Daily Mail add that Unai Emery might be willing to accept a monetary offer for Cech as he would be able to use the funds to bolster his pursuit of Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, his principle summer transfer target.
Of course, nothing is actually in motion yet and this has the definite whiff of the ‘fabricated merry-go-round’ about it, designed solely to provide gossipy bumph in the fallow post-World Cup plateau.
As ever, we shall see…