Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech could make a sensational return to Chelsea should Thibaut Courtois depart the club.
The Czech international left Stamford Bridge for the Emirates Stadium in 2015, a year after Courtois was recalled from his loan at Atletico Madrid.
But with the Belgian now set for a move to Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid, Sky Sports report that Cech has been lined up for a sensational and emotional comeback.
The 36-year-old won four Premier League titles in west London after signing for the Blues in 2004.
He enjoyed three years as Arsenal’s No.1 under Arsene Wenger, but now faces losing his place after new Gunners boss Unai Emery signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
Chelsea remain keen on the Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but Liverpool have moved ahead of their Premier League rivals in the race for the 25-year-old.
Emery ‘identifies two players who could leave’
The new Gunners boss has brought in no fewer than five transfers this summer as he looks to take the club in a different direction in his first season in charge.
So far Emery has signed Stephan Lichsteiner, Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira.
Going in the opposite direction, he’s parted company with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, who both saw their contracts expire at the Emirates and left the north London club on a free.
According to the Telegraph, Emery may also be ready to let both Welbeck and Ospina go, as he looks to recoup some of the £70million he has spent.
Wenger backs Henry to be managerial success
Arsene Wenger is backing Thierry Henry’s bid to become a boss.
Henry revealed on Monday that he was quitting his £4million-a-year role as a Sky Sports pundit to pursue his management dreams.
And the former Arsenal boss believes Henry has what it takes to be a successful No.1, along with another of his former players Patrick Vieira, who has just taken over at French club Nice — provided they are willing to give their all for the job.
Wenger said: “Often, I’m asked if Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will be good managers, and I always answer ‘Yes’.
“They have all the qualities; they’re intelligent, they know football, they have excellent skill-sets, but do they want to sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed?
“It’s an obsession which bounces around your head day and night.
“You wake up at 3am thinking about team selection, tactics, formation…”