The Daily Telegraph has claimed that Fernando Torres could force Chelsea into selling goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Rules state that sides can only have 17 players out of 25 who are foreign and over the age of 21-years-old.
That means the Blues need to do some selling but reports Torres is determined to stay and fight for his place at the club could leave Jose Mourinho with no other choice than to force Cech out of the exit door.
“Stamford Bridge club may be forced to sell goalkeeper Petr Cech if they cannot find buyer for cut-price Spanish flop,” reads the Telegraph’s sub-headline.
“Should Chelsea fail to sell Torres or midfielder John Obi Mikel, who has not generated much interest, Mourinho may be forced to consider a Paris St-Germain offer for the goalkeeper Petr Cech.”
The problem with trying to sell Torres is the fee and the cost for the buying club in terms of his personal wage deal.
Torres is on a very competitive contract at Chelsea and could be forced to accept a pay cut with any move away.
There have been lingering reports over a potential move to Serie A for John Obi Mikel for some time but Mourinho may be more determined to keep him following the sale of David Luiz.
Nemanja Matic will be the Blues’ main holding midfielder next season but Mourinho needs cover in that position.
Cech has been in superb form in pre-season for the Blues, which puts Mourinho under immense pressure in terms of the battle between him and Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the number one spot at the club.
Chelsea certainly wouldn’t have any problem finding a buyer for Cech but it wouldn’t be the most popular decision that Mourinho has made across his two spells at the club.
How would you feel if Torres stayed and Cech left?