French giants eye Chelsea veteran

Monaco are readying a move to lure Petr Cech away from Chelsea this summer, according to reports from Estadio Deportivo.

The Czech Republic international looks set to lose his role as the Blues’ undisputed No. 1 ahead of the new season, with Thibaut Courtois set to return from an extended spell in Spain with Atletico Madrid.

The Belgian stopper is known to be demanding first-team action, and Jose Mourinho is thought to be willing to bow to his demands in a bid to ensure that the 22-year-old stays with the west London club.

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Cech has been Chelsea’s main man for the best part of 10 years, and is unlikely to be happy with a reduced role in the squad.

This has alerted Monaco, who are on the lookout for a new ‘keeper.

The French heavyweights recently pulled out of a deal to snap up released Barcelona man Victor Valdes amid fears over his fitness, and are watching Cech closely.

The Ligue 1 runners-up have the financial muscle to lure him to the Mediterranean coast, and the glovesman himself may be tempted by a fresh challenge.