Viktor Kolar, Petr Cech's agent, has confirmed Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are interested in acquiring his client's services if he is deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea.
Kolar, speaking in an honest interview with Czech website Aktualne, also suggested he would offer Cech to Barcelona and Real Madrid if Jose Mourinho decides against retaining the 32-year-old, via Vaser Kadlec of Sky Sports:
Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest and we have also communicated with Monaco.
I would get in touch with (Andoni) Zubizarreta (Barcelona) and people at Real Madrid. These are clubs we would consider if Chelsea wanted to get rid of Petr. We would also consider Bayern but they have (Manuel) Neuer there. Then there are leagues Petr would not go to. For instance, the Serie A, because clubs in that league have problems.
Cech has two years left on his current deal, but there's doubts over his future after the emergence of Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian stopper has excelled during three loan spells with Atletico Madrid, where he has developed into one of the world's best, despite being 22 years old. It may be time for the maturing keeper to stake his claim in the Chelsea first team, an occurrence that would see Cech relegated to the bench, something he is unlikely to enjoy as his playing days enter their final years.
At this point, it is worth noting Cech isn't currently up for transfer, per Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC:
It is interesting to see Kolar suggest Barcelona and Madrid, especially when considering the goalkeeping options at each club. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is set to take over from Victor Valdes heading into Barcelona's 2014-15 campaign, meaning Cech would most likely play back-up to a 22-year-old who needs time to develop in Spain.
He could, however, offer the German decent respite in the transition. With that said, the Blaugrana's signing of Claudio Bravo ensures they have two quality keepers to battle it out already, per the Catalan club's official website.
Real Madrid have been linked with offloading Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez, reported by talkSPORT. Costa Rica hero Keylor Navas, who enjoyed a terrific season with Levante, is said to be topping Los Blancos' replacement list alongside Espanyol stopper Kiko Casilla. Cech represents a more senior option to both.
Mourinho likes to ensure his squad possesses decent experience and may be willing to maintain Cech's influence for the long-term future. Kolar says, "Petr is satisfied at Chelsea and there is interest in his services even after his active football career," indicating a coaching role could open up for the man who has won 13 trophies since moving to West London in 2004, per Kadlec.
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It's refreshing to hear Kolar speak so bluntly. Many football agents wish to play games with the press and various clubs, but he is more than willing to let Chelsea know exactly what they can expect if the goalkeeper isn't wanted. The fact Kolar is aiming for elite clubs only serves as a mark of respect from the agent to his player.
Courtois' performances for Belgium at the World Cup will gain him further support in the battle for Chelsea's No.1 spot. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated indicated the player continued to grow in stature during his fine display against USA:
I'm sitting near the top of the stadium, and Courtois looks gigantic even from here.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 1, 2014
Cech still has plenty to offer, both on and off the field, meaning Mourinho will need to make a telling decision before too long.
There's no harm in admitting Cech's time is up if the Portuguese boss wishes to take a major step along Chelsea's transition, but Kolar's comments let it be known the stopper won't hang around if he is rendered to be nonessential.