Chelsea eye surprise goalkeeping alternative to Petr Cech

Mickael Landreau

Chelsea have been linked with signing a new goalkeeper, according to reports in France.

Petr Cech is the clear number one choice at Chelsea; but how good are his back-ups?

Hilario has come in on occasions and performed ok - But no better, and Ross Turnbull remains untested at the top level on a consistent basis.

While Thibaut Courtois continues to fine-tune his skills at Atletico Madrid, the Blues may be wise to look at other options in case Cech gets injured.

That would at least explain the logic in the latest player being linked with the club: 33-year-old goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.

The source of the links come from French newspaper L'Equipe.

Landreau is a free agent after being released by Lille earlier this month, and is not expected to be without a club for long.

French clubs Bastia and Nancy are interested, but Chelsea's interest is the most fascinating.

Landreau is a former French international with 11 caps to his name, and once almost moved to Real Madrid.

He made his name a decade ago with Nantes, where he put in a stirring performance against Manchester United in the Champions League which courted the attention of clubs across Europe.

However in 2003 a serious knee injury hampered his progress, but he has gone onto forge a successful career with PSG and Lille, but fell out of favour this year after conceding six goals against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and has seen his contract terminated.

What do you think? Would Landreau be a better back-up to Cech than Chelsea have at present? Is he worth picking up as a free agent?

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