Chelsea have no desire to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal this summer, despite reports claiming the Blues’ billionaire owner Roman Abramovich will allow the veteran goalkeeper to join any club he wants at the end of the season.
Goal.com have exclusively revealed, courtesy of a source from Arsenal, that pursuing Cech’s signature this summer will almost certainly be a complete waste of time for the Gunners.
The source revealed: ”Cech is still one of the best goalkeepers around and he would be the perfect signing, but the message from Chelsea is not to bother wasting our time.”
Arsenal have little chance of signing Cech
Arsenal are reportedly resigned to the fact they have very little chance of bringing the Czech Republic international to the Emirates Stadium, regardless of whether or not the man himself fancies joining Arsene Wenger’s side.
But the Gunners may still submit an offer in excess of £10 million for Chelsea’s back-up goalkeeper, who lost his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois at the start of the season.
Chelsea want to sell overseas; Cech wants London stay
Chelsea are keen not to strengthen a direct rival and would prefer to sell Cech to an overseas-based club. The likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have both been linked to the goalkeeper who was named in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year last season.
But Cech and his family are settled in London, having resided in the English capital since 2004, and would prefer to stay put.
It seems certain that Cech will leave Stamford Bridge, regardless of whether or not he is granted permission to join Arsenal, with the goalkeeper recently admitting he was no longer prepared to play second-fiddle to Courtois.
"I don't know what the club's idea will be," he told Czech newspaper Idnes. "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."
Arsenal must do all they can to sign Cech
And with Arsenal determined to sign a new first-choice goalkeeper, with doubts persisting over both Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, a move to the Emirates Stadium would certainly suit Cech.
Not only would it allow him and his family to remain in London, but he would also be joining a financially stable club with ambitions of winning both the Premier League and the Champions League.
At 32, it could be argued that the best is still to come from Cech, considering some goalkeepers don’t peak until their mid-thirties.
But Jose Mourinho knew it was in Chelsea’s best interests to drop Cech in favour of Courtois who, at the age of 22, is already one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
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