Arsenal are reportedly plotting at £7million move for Chelsea’s Petr Cech. Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger has been alerted by the news that Jose Mourinho will not prevent Cech, from joining any Premier League rival.
Petr Cech has been one of the standout performers in the Chelsea side ever since he joined the London based club way back in 2004, but since Jose Mourinho made his second coming, Cech has been sidelined to the benches and has been successfully replaced by Thiabut Courtois.
Petr Cech has made more than three hundred appearances for Chelsea and was the standout performer in Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League win. Cech saved Bayern Munich’s Schweinsteiger’s penalty to hand out the Blues their first Champions League win.
Chelsea have so far used Cech as a substitute goalkeeper and the 32 yer old made his season debut against a lowly Bolton Wanderers side in the third round of league cup. Meanwhile, Thiabut Courtois has expressed his desire to learn from the veteran, but has also showcased a soft spot for the sidelined Czech.
‘As a goalkeeper you want to play,’ Courtois told Sky Sports.
‘If I was in that situation where I didn’t play a lot, then I would leave too.’
‘I think Petr is still a goalkeeper with a lot of quality and one of the best there is.’
Given that Courtois has successfully replaced Petr Cech, Chelsea will be more than willing to sell Cech. If Cech is sold, Chelsea would be looking to promote a youth keeper into their first team.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will be looking to solidify their goalkeeping department with the signing of Petr Cech. Arsenal already have Wojciech Szczęsny and David Ospina, but none matches the quality and talent provided by 32 year old Petr Cech.
As Arsenal are already reeling in the Premier League, Cech could prove a vital and safe buy for the club. Szczesny, has been decent so far but the Danish International has already displayed signs of complacency.
For a transfer fee of around £7million , Arsenal could concluded this deal quiet easily. And given the pedigree Petr Cech comes with, £7million would be a bargain for the gunners.
Petr Cech meanwhile, would be more than happy to switch clubs and feature back into the Premier League regularly. The 32 year old has been warming the benches for Chelsea this season, and has expressed his desire to play.
Cech told CTK, “Regarding my future at Chelsea, it depends entirely on the club.
“Everyone is asking me what if and what will happen. As a player, who has two years left on his contract, I cannot make the choice.
“It is simple. If the club says, ‘You are staying here’, then I will be staying. That’s why I’m staying.
“I can only leave if the club lets me go. And that is not the case.
“As a player with a two-year contract, I have absolutely no chance of influencing the wishes of the club.
“I am doing my best to change the situation. I want to play as often as possible and be prepared to be as good as possible for the fixtures what will come in the new year.
“To try and perform at my best is the only thing I can do.”
Although Arsenal will try to get their hands on Petr Cech, like Cech points out it solely depends on Chelsea – wether to let the Czech International leave or not.