Chelsea transfer news: New - swap deal of the summer? Khedira and more

Petr Cech At Stamford Bridge

All the latest Chelsea transfer news and stories including Petr Cech, Sami Khedira and more.

The top Chelsea transfer news of the day has to concern Petr Cech.

With the Premier League season beginning next weekend, there will be many eyes glancing over the Chelsea team sheet and whether manager Jose Mourinho has elected to start Thibaut Courtois over Cech.

If the experienced goalkeeper has lost his place as the primary shot-stopper at Stamford Bridge, then Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are expected to make bids, according to the reputable London Evening Standard.

However, the most interesting story also concerns Real Madrid. Should Los Blancos succeed in their mission to offload Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas then they, too, will pursue Cech, however, The Express write that the Blues could use the glovesman as a makeweight in their attempt to lure Raphael Varane out of Real's clutches.

If Mourinho were to convince Carlo Ancelotti to swap Cech, 32, for Varane, who is 21, then surely it would have to be considered the deal of the summer?

Ushering Cech out of the club could be a possibility, as Courtois is determined to "usurp" his position, according to The Independent.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger told a press conference today, Thursday, that Arsenal were never close to signing Sami Khedira.

The defensive midfielder has also been tentatively linked to Chelsea, meaning Mourinho could have a free run at the World Cup winner… providing he is given a £135,000 per week contract.

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