Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a summer move for Chelsea outcast Petr Cech in a bid to replace Hugo Lloris, who has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Daily Mirror reports that Mauricio Pochettino has made Cech his top target should they fail to stop Lloris from joining PSG, especially with Spurs likely to end up yet another year without Champions League football.
Lloris previously expressed his desire to play in the Champions League and with PSG set to offer big money for the Frenchman, a move may not be off the cards for the French national keeper, who made his way to White Hart Lane in 2012.
Daniel Levy is therefore looking to prise Cech from Chelsea to replace Lloris, who has been given a free hand by Roman Abramovich to choose his next club after 11 years of service at Stamford Bridge. Cech has been replaced by Thibaut Courtois, who has done an amazing job thus far between the sticks and is looking unlikely to hand the baton on to the Czech Republic international any time soon.
However, Tottenham will face massive competition from local rivals Arsenal, who are also in the market for a top keeper to replace Wojciech Szczesny. The Pole has been a liability for the north London club this season, with his theatrics costing them three massive points against Southampton in the league which he followed up with a smoking incident in the showers after the game.
The Gunners ostensibly have the upper hand in this deal, given their current position in the race for a top-four spot, where they are placed in third, a point behind second placed Manchester City.
David Ospina, who transferred from Nice last summer, is currently in place for Szczesny in the league, but has failed to win many hearts for his unorthodox approach in handling the ball. Cech, a three-time Premier League and one-time Champions League winner, will add some much needed experience to the backline, which has recently seen the induction of Gabriel Paulista at the expense of Per Mertesacker.