Chelsea’s Petr Cech has emerged as a potential successor to David de Gea should the Manchester United goalkeeper, as he seemingly could, complete a transfer to Real Madrid in the summer window.
There is growing speculation that De Gea will leave Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu in the coming months, with Spanish newspaper Marca claiming a deal has been agreed between the player and his would-be suitors.
Louis van Gaal on Friday conceded that Manchester United have identified replacements for De Gea, who has one year remaining on his contract but has not indicated he will extend, and his departure appears a real possibility.
Manchester United have offered the 24-year-old an enormous £200,000-per-week deal yet it may still not be enough to keep him from the clutches of Real Madrid, given his desire to return to the Spanish capital to be reunited with popstar girlfriend Edurne García Almagro.
Another established ‘keeper who is expected to be on the move during the transfer period is Cech, who has been granted permission by Jose Mourinho to find a new club given that Thibaut Courtois is now the first-choice at Stamford Bridge.
Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph that Manchester United could now be a destination for Cech, 32, with the Czech Republic international featuring on the shortlist created by Van Gaal and Ed Woodward.
Arsenal have long been the favourites to sign Cech with Arsene Wenger supposedly having decided he needs a more reliable alternative to Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, but the De Gea saga will throw a spanner in the works.
Cech, although discarded by Chelsea, would be a significant signing for either Wenger or Van Gaal and should offer the stability for either manager to attempt to build a title winning team for next season.
He is a goalkeeper of proven quality, and what a coup it would be to acquire him. But who will win the race?
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