Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech may be on his way out of Stamford Bridge in the near future, but the club would be more inclined to sell him to AC Milan than rivals Arsenal, according to reports.
Cech to Milan?
Rumours were rife yesterday that the Blues had agreed to send their long-serving stopper to the Emirates, but it’s thought that Arsene Wenger will face strong competition from Serie A giants Milan.
If that’s the case then Chelsea would certainly be ready to try and negotiate with them over Arsenal, as Jose Mourinho will be wary of strengthening a potential title rival. Despite the fact that he's been made the Blues' No.2 this season - in order to accomodate the talents of rising star Thibaut Courtois - Cech remains a world-class 'keeper, and selling him to another English club wouldn't make much sense.
That being said he needs to be playing consistently, and a transfer to Italy might appeal to him if it means he'll be guaranteed first-team game-time. Milan are lacking a strong figure in between the sticks, and as they look to climb their way back into Italian football's elite tier they need characters with a degree of experience.
Moving on to players who might be coming in, and it would appear youngster Tyrone Mings is being touted as John Terry’s eventual successor.
It’s believed the Ipswich Town defender has what it takes to develop into a world-class centre-back, and as such Chelsea are plotting to lure him to west London as soon as possible.
It's likely they will face strong competition from other clubs, particularly as Mings has a growing reputation as a classy defender, but Mourinho's guile, and his club's position at the summit of the Premier League, will certainly help.
- Tim Howard has backed Chelsea to 'run away' with the Premier League title this season, though he doesn't think they'll quite match Arsenal's famous Invincibles. The Everton stopper spoke highly of Jose Mourinho's Blues and predicted that they will be an unstoppable force for the remainder of the campaign.
- On-loan Chelsea ace Fernando Torres has insisted he's not concerned by his lack of goals, despite the fact that he's struggling to find his feet in Italy. The Spaniard joined AC Milan this summer, but has yet to replicate the form in front of goal that made him famous.