Chelsea chief Petr Cech is working on a blockbuster deal to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga’s replacement as he continues to be the driving force behind the Blues’ summer transfer business.
Former goalkeeper Cech flew to Germany to help move along the transfer of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
The 38-year-old returned to the same country last week to begin talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a potential sale of Kai Havertz.
Chelsea are reluctant to meet Leverkusen’s £90million asking price but Cech was able to speak to the versatile midfielder and convince him that his future lies at Stamford Bridge.
Now Cech has been tasked with another mission which is perhaps his most difficult one yet.
Arrizabalaga has had a turbulent two years in west London and his inconsistency has frustrated boss Frank Lampard.
The 25-year-old is set to be replaced as the No 1 keeper next season and several alternatives have been highlighted.
ESPN claim Chelsea are set to rival Inter Milan for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The move is deemed a long-shot there is a glimmer of hope the German may leave the Nou Camp.
It is reported that Cech is taking a ‘significant part’ in trying to charm Ter Stegen into joining the Blues.
“We are fortunate at Chelsea that we have had [goalkeepers] that we can say were part of huge eras for the club,” he said. “That has to be Kepa’s desire, to be that person for this club and to say he is a huge part of a successful team.
“It is not just on Kepa, but that is what he has to believe and work towards. What do I value in a goalkeeper? Clearly you want them to be as talented to keep balls out of the net.
“It is old school, but it is the first and foremost job of what a goalkeeper should keep closest to their heart, the idea of clean sheets. Of course it is not solely on them, but for a keeper to have a real desire and talent to produce that.
“In the modern day they are encouraged more than ever to use their feet, to be a personality, to be an all-round goalkeeper which is what you see from top-level goalkeepers.”