Should Chelsea really sell Cech in order to buy this Real Madrid outcast?

Diego Lopez

The Chelsea goalkeeping conundrum figured to involve Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech, but Diego Lopez could be added to the confusion.

Chelsea ended Jose Mourinho's first season back at Stamford Bridge without a trophy, but a third place finish in the Premier League and a semi-final exit in the Champions League suggested that the Blues weren't far off challenging in both competitions. In order to try and get his team over the finishing line, Mourinho has splashed out around £80m on Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Atletico Madrid duo Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, whilst club legend Didier Drogba is back at the club after signing on a free transfer.

Most of the team seems pretty strong now, and whilst another midfielder or striker could arrive, Chelsea look poised to mound a concerted title challenge. One of the biggest questions that Mourinho has to answer is who starts in goal for Chelsea this season?

Petr Cech has been Chelsea's first choice shot stopper ever since his 2004 move from French side Rennes, making almost 500 appearances for the club. However, the emergence of Thibaut Courtois has the 32-year-old's future in doubt - and now another player could push Cech closer to the exit door.

According to speculation in Spain, Chelsea are trying to sell Cech to Paris Saint-Germain in order to take Diego Lopez away from Real Madrid. Lopez is likely to be the third choice goalkeeper behind Keylor Navas and Iker Casillas next season, and Madrid want to sell Lopez to make room for Navas.

Reports suggest that Mourinho, who signed Lopez for Real and made him first choice, wants to reunite with the 32-year-old at Stamford Bridge.

This seems like a particularly strange sequence of events. Lopez has been playing regularly for Madrid, but if he does sign for Chelsea then he'd likely be a backup to Courtois. Would Lopez be any more willing to play second fiddle than Cech is? The difference in wages is also likely to be minimal, so causing more upheaval for very little benefit seems like a strange move to make for Chelsea.

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