Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is in talks with Turkish club Besiktas for a summer move, his agent claimed.
Several other European clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are also in interested in signing 32-year-old Czech Republic International but Besiktas are tipped as favorites to secure the deal.
“I have been in contact with Besiktas — we are in talks,” player’s agent Viktor Kolar told Turkish publication Fanatik on Tuesday.
“Turkey is a choice for Cech, but we will decide when the league is over.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add a world-class goalie in his side ahead of the new season and has reportedly placed Cech on top of priority list.
The Gunners are reportedly preparing to make a £10-million bid for Cech and offer him a three-year £120,000-a-week contract for three years.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, however, is keen to keep the glovesman at Stamford Bridge and doesn’t want him to move to an English club.
“If it was my decision, my decision is Petr to stay. After that, second point to go but not in England. The option I don’t want is for him to go to an English club.”
Cech, who joined Chelsea from French club Stade Rennais in 2004, is the sixth-most capped player for the club on the all-time list with 484 appearances to date. He also holds Chelsea’s record of keeping 220 clean sheets in all competitions.
The Czech, however, lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season and made just five starts in Chelsea’s Premier League triumph.
“He means so much for this club, and what he did in this club I think he deserves everything from this club,” Mourinho said.
“If the club decision is different to mine, I will accept with all the respect.”