Besiktas have emerged as surprise contenders to land Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on loan in the January transfer window, according to a report from Eurosport Turkey.
Cech, 32, has expressed his intent to leave west London in the winter if he remains confined to the Blues bench over the coming month, and could force a short-term escape to the Turkish outfit, ahead of seeking out a permanent move elsewhere at the end of the season.
The Blues reached a strategic partnership agreement with Besiktas earlier this month, which is set to set to open up various transfer opportunities between the two sides, and out-of-favour winger Mohamed Salah is also understood to be a loan target for the Istanbul-based club.
Agent Mithat Halis, who is connected to Cech’s representatives, Sports Investment International, confirmed that a switch to the Turkish Super Lig club is possible, but also stressed that no talks have been held at this stage.
‘We have not held talks yet. However, Chelsea have recently made an agreement with Besiktas. Chelsea have similar deals with Vitesse in the Netherlands, in Greece and with some clubs in other countries,’ he said.
‘If Cech does become available Besiktas would become a potential destination.’
Cech was linked to the likes of Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in August after losing the number one spot at Stamford Bridge to Thibaut Courtois, but manager Jose Mourinho has continued to express his desire to keep the veteran at the club.
Salah, meanwhile, has made just two league appearances for a total of 14 minutes this season following last winter’s £11 million transfer from FC Basel, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Andre Schurrle all well ahead of him in the pecking order.