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Serie A giants eye wonderkid as back-up for Chelsea star - report

According to the Italian press, Roma are lining up Udinese talent Simone Scuffet as an understudy to Chelsea’s Petr Cech.

The return of Thibaut Courtois from his extended loan spell at Atletico Madrid has pushed Petr Cech to the fringes at Chelsea.

Despite becoming a Stamford Bridge icon in his 10 years at the club, the Czech shot-stopper has been marginalised by the presence of his younger Belgian counterpart.

Cech has already indicated that he will look to move on should his situation not improve – and given Jose Mourinho’s preference for Courtois, an exit looks most likely.

AS Roma cropped up as a possible destination for the 32-year-old this week, with Cech’s former Blues team-mate Ashley Cole already at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi are currently on the hunt for a goalkeeper as veteran Morgan De Sanctis’ scontract expires at the end of this season, whilst backup Lukasz Skorupski is inexperienced.

Coach Rudi Garcia is thought to favour a move for the decorated Chelsea man should De Sanctis not remain, but also has his eye on bringing in an understudy to Cech.

According to Leggo, the capital club have their sights set on Udinese’s Simone Scuffet for the reserve role, with Skorpuski not impressing this term deputising for an injured De Sanctis.

Eighteen-year-old Scuffet broke into the first team at the Stadio Friuli last season and took Serie A by storm, reportedly courting interest from both Arsenal and Chelsea.

But the Premier League duo couldn’t get their hands on the teenage star as he signed a new contract with the Zebrette, only to be plagued by an injury that has kept him out of action entirely to date in 2014-15.

Bringing both into the squad would give the club a high-quality option for both the present and the future, setting up Garcia’s side at the goalkeeper position for years to come.

However, whilst signing both Cech and Scuffet would be quite a coup for Roma, doing so would come with a considerable financial burden that would have to be shouldered.

Cech reportedly earns upwards of £6 million per year at Stamford Bridge and would certainly have to accept a pay cut in order to join the Giallorossi.

Meanwhile, Scuffet only just inked a new five-year contract and Udinese will want to be well compensated if they are to give up a starlet tipped for a bright future.

Making this double signing would be a dream come true for the Serie A giants but plenty of things will have to fall into place for it to happen – and only time will tell if the conditions are right to pull it off.

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