Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will have permission to join any club he wants at the end of the season from the Blues’ billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand Chelsea will allow Cech to leave Stamford Bridge, provided they receive a bid of around £10 million for the vastly-experienced Czech Republic international.
The report adds that there is huge mutual respect between Abramovich and Cech, who was demoted to the role of Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper at the start of the campaign following the return of Thibaut Courtois.
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Arsenal move now possible
News that Abramovich will allow Cech to move wherever he wants opens the door for a move to Arsenal, despite the fact Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger do not see eye-to-eye.
The Gunners are on the hunt for a new first-choice goalkeeper, with doubts persisting over both Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, and could now make a formal move for the 32-year-old who was named in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Season last term.
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Cech plans to leave Chelsea
Cech hinted last week that he plans to leave Chelsea at the end of the season due to his lack of first-team football.
“I’m used to playing 50 or 60 games a season, not 15 or 20. That’s a big difference,” he was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo. But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.
“It is no secret that I want to play more. The situation is the same, it hasn’t changed. But at the end of the season it will be solved.”
Cech settled in London
Having spent the past 11 years in London, Cech and his family are settled in the English capital, and so the chance to join Arsenal - where he can continue to play Champions League football and compete for trophies - is bound to appeal.
One suspects Cech was prepared to spend the rest of his career with Chelsea, but the remarkable form of 22-year-old Courtois changed everything.
The Belgium international was arguably the best goalkeeper on the planet over the course of 2014 and, barring a couple of shaky moments, has enjoyed an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho and Chelsea fans must accept Cech's decision
Mourinho has often reiterated his delight to have ‘two of the three best goalkeepers in the world’ in his ranks, but knows he cannot stand in the way of a player who has given so much to Chelsea over the past decade.
It’s safe to assume that even the Chelsea fans would give their blessings to Cech if he decided to join Arsenal this summer; a player of his calibre deserves more than a place on the bench every week.
Because of Cech’s qualities, Arsenal will not be the only club vying for his signature, and the location of his final destination could ultimately come down to which club bids the most money.
Arsenal should be at the front of the queue, cheque in hand, to secure the services of a goalkeeper who is significantly better than both Szczesny and Ospina.
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