Petr Cech monitored by Arsenal with view to summer offer

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is monitoring Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech's future very closely and will consider trying to sign the Czech stopper if Thibaut Courtois returns to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Cech has just finished his 10th season as Chelsea number one and has rarely put a foot wrong across 450 appearances for the Blues, but that hasn't stopped widespread speculation that Courtois will take his place next season.

Courtois has been magnificent for La Liga winners Atletico Madrid this season and is still waiting to learn he has a future at Chelsea under current Blues boss Jose Mourinho, but is not prepared to return as a benchwarmer behind Cech in the long-term.

Arsenal are well aware that Mourinho has a difficult decision to make when deciding where his loyalties lie in between the posts and hope to persuade Cech he could continue his Premier League career at the Emirates, with Wenger a huge fan of the 31-year-old's attitude and consistency.

The Gunners are definitely in the market for a new goalkeeper ahead of next season, as FA Cup hero Lukasz Fabianski prepares to walk away for free this summer in search of regular first-team football elsewhere.

Wenger has a tough choice to make during the close season, is Wojciech Szczesny still deserving of the number one shirt or should the Gunners strengthen that position with quality and a proven track record.

Cech ticks both of those boxes, although it's highly unlikely that Mourinho would be happy about entertaining Arsenal's interest in one of Chelsea's longest-serving stars.

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