Jose Mourinho has denied he has agreed to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal and insists he has received zero offers for the out-of-favour goalkeeper.
Reports emanating from the Daily Star claimed that Chelsea had agreed a deal in principle to sell Cech to Arsenal in the January transfer window. As a national newspaper, the reports quickly spread across the Internet, including GiveMeSport.
However, with the broadsheets staying quiet on the matter, it looked certain that the reports had been borne out of thin air. Mourinho confirmed the report was false today and took aim at "Mickey Mouse" blogs for starting the rumour.
He told reporters: "I promise you I'm telling the truth, on my desk - and the board information arrives on my desk - I have zero proposals [for a Cech transfer]."
Reporters in the press conference pushed further on the matter, asking why the rumours continued to circulate.
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In response, Mourinho said: "In which Mickey Mouse website? In which Mickey Mouse blog? I have no offers on my desk."
Likely to leave
While it may be true that Chelsea have no offers for Cech, it seems unlikely that the second choice stopper will still be at Stamford Bridge at the start of next season. Thibaut Courtois has kept the 32-year-old out of the team since arriving in the summer and it won't be long before he grows unhappy with his lack of opportunities.
With Cech earning a reported £100,000-a-week in west London, it would make sense for Chelsea to get a cheaper number two in but a move to Arsenal appears unlikely.
The Gunners have Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina to choose from currently while Mourinho has shown a reluctance to sell to his London rivals in the past. What is more likely is a move to Ligue 1 with both AS Monaco and PSG interested.
AC Milan and Real Madrid are also believed to be in the running. Chelsea are asking for £7 million for Cech; the same price they signed him for in 2004.