Revealed: Barcelona made approach for both Chelsea keepers this summer

Petr Cech

Barcelona reportedly enquired about both Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech this summer - before signing Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The future of Chelsea stoppers Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech seems to be in doubt at the moment - mainly due to each others excellence.

Courtois has spent the past three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid. In that time he has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world. In fact, scratch off the young, he is considered one of the best.

Cech on the other hand is an experience operator who has been a loyal servant for Chelsea over the years.

The fact is neither custodian will want to be sitting on the bench next season - leaving Jose Mourinho in a quandary.

Risk losing the young buck or take the old stag to the market?

Well according to Spanish source Mundo Deportivo he has already had to face that difficult question once this summer - in the face of interest from Barcelona.

The Catalan side have lost Victor Valdes and Jose Pinto this summer after both left on free transfers and it is reported that Barcelona's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, himself a former goalkeeper, first approached Chelsea over Courtois this summer. It is believed that Blaugrana were ready to bring in the Belgium stopper on loan - with a view to committing him t the club permanently at the end of the season.

Unfortunately for Barca they were immediately told that Courtois was not for sale as he would be returning to Chelsea for the 2014-15 season.

Which is when, apparently, Barca saw an opportunity. With Courtois coming back, would that make Petr Cech available?

It is believed they soon made an enquiry over the Czech stopper - with Cech reportedly meeting Zubi at the end of May. However no deal was ever formally proposed.

In the end Barca gave up their Chelsea pursuit - signing Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Borussia Monchengladbach instead, with Real Sociedad stopper Claudio Bravo also believed to be Nou Camp bound.

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