Chelsea could be willing to let first-team stopper Petr Cech leave the club for as little as £10 million this summer, which will be music to the ears of Arsenal.
According to information in the Daily Mirror the Blues goalkeeper could make a departure from Stamford Bridge come the end of the season, having essentially admitted earlier this week that his position had become untenable.
Cech frozen out
Since the return of Thibaut Courtois the Czech international has been forced to the periphery of Jose Mourinho’s squad, and it would seem now that it has become too much for the 32-year-old.
Despite becoming one of the most important players at Stamford Bridge during the Roman Abramovich era, Cech’s time looks to have come to an end, and it will be a surprise to all if he’s still fighting for the number one spot next season.
For Mourinho the idea of having two world-class ‘keepers at his disposal must be a dream come true, but with Cech’s career in its latter stages he will know he has to move on to guarantee himself game-time.
With Chelsea said to be ready to ask for just £10 million for his services he certainly won’t be short of suitors, though the interest coming from Arsenal won’t make Blues fans happy in the slightest. Having established themselves as title rivals after a strong second-half to this campaign the Gunners will be looking to step up their efforts next term, and the arrival of players like Cech would bolster that aim.
From Arsene Wenger’s point of view £10 million for the veteran stopper would be an incredibly astute purchase given how weak Wojciech Szczesny has looked at times this campaign. David Ospina is only in his first season at the club but would definitely move to backup option if Cech arrived, which would give Wenger must more reliability at the back.
Of course the major obstacle in the north London giants agreeing a deal is the fact that Mourinho won’t want one of his stalwarts at another big Premier League club. When he allowed Frank Lampard to leave last summer it was under the assumption that he would be moving to the US, and Ashley Cole was let go to also move overseas.
Cech however is still in his prime, meaning perhaps even more care would be taken with regards to where he is heading, especially if Mourinho thinks it could be detrimental to his own side’s objectives.
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