Petr Cech of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur’s No.1 Hugo Lloris have been revealed as targets for Italian club AS Roma lately - but news out of the Italian capital today should lessen the rumours surrounding at least one of the Premier League goalkeepers.
Indeed, 37-year-old Italian goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has signed a new contract with the side currently second in Serie A.
It was unclear what the future held for De Sanctis: he was either going to sign a new deal or leave the club on a free at the end of the season, likely to retire from the game. The two-year-contract, however, confirmed by the club's official twitter account earlier today, will see the goalkeeper remain at the club until 2016.
Last month, Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport suggested that Roma could be the next club to try and test just how happy Lloris is in the English capital. His two mistakes in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea have led to claims in France that Les Bleus No.1 has gone a little stale recently. But there is no doubt that he is still one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, hence the interest from the Rome club.
De Sanctis, the former Udinese and Napoli ‘keeper may be getting on in year but he is still able to command between the posts for Rudi Garcia’s side. However, the Italian club may still look to sign a more established shot stopper to have De Sanctis as back-up.
Cech may be classed as a veteran at Chelsea but he is still five years younger than De Sanctis and would be the perfect signing for the Italian club. Roma, under the ownership of Italian American investor James Pallotta, would have the financial muscle to make a move for the Chelsea ‘keeper, as well as offering him an attractive wage.
It would all depend on what role De Sanctis has been offered at the club. It is possible he could remain as Roma’s No. 1 until he was 39 years old - but the chance of bringing Cech in, to play with De Sanctis and fight for the No.1 jersey, could be tempting to the Czech Republic international.
There is very little chance that Cech is going to replace Thibaut Courtois as Jose Mourinho’s first choice; he would have a much better chance of long-term first-team football at Roma.
So, while Tottenham's Lloris may no longer be in Roma’s sights, there is definitely no reason they still couldn’t make a move for Chelsea’s former No.1.