For the whole of the 2014/15 season, a common piece of transfer gossip has been the future of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. The goalkeeper is said to have reached an agreement with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, in which he has been granted the freedom to move to any interested party, as a parting piece of respect for his 11 years, and, 485 appearances for the West London club.
Petr Cech has found himself gazumped by a younger, better, goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois this season – after his exceptional season at Atletico Madrid wowed football fans around Europe. But at his age, Cech can quite easily still be playing as a first choice goalkeeper for some years still. A first choice goalkeeper of his quality, is exactly what; Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and even Everton are looking to sign in the Summer.
Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar has recently spoken to the national papers regarding the speculation surrounding Cech’s whereabouts for next season. Kolar said to The Independent; “Arsenal, United or PSG are all top clubs…And Petr would like to join one of them, definitely.” So, it seems Liverpool aren’t even in contention for the Czech International – which would make sense – considering Simon Mignolet was only brought to the club as recently as 2013. Whilst he has his, er, rush to the head moments he has proven himself to be a good goalkeeper for Liverpool. On the other side of Merseyside, Everton have had issues with Tim Howard’s fitness, and form, which at one point lead to his understudy Joel Robles being the number one at Goodison. Although it would be a very ambitious move if Everton were to try to sneak in and snatch Cech from under the noses of bigger spending clubs, he would definitely improve their side as well.
Manchester United, on the face of it, seem the most in need of a first choice goalkeeper. Although, this of course relies heavily on whether or not Spaniard David De Gea returns to Spain with interest from Real Madrid growing with every day that passes. If he does leave, I doubt Louis Van Gaal would want to entrust ex-Barcelona first choice ‘keeper, Victor Valdes in-between the posts for an entire campaign. Van Gaal had also touched on Manchester United having already started exploring their options should De Gea decide to depart Old Trafford. If he did leave, even Cech would have some boots to fill after the sensational season De Gea has just had, which consequently won him United’s player of the season award.
Arsenal are the second favourites within the Premier League to snap Cech up. They do have a very raw talent in Wojciech Szczęsny, but, have opted to entrust David Ospina for all but one Premier League game this calendar year. With news starting to circulate about Southampton’s interest in Szczęsny, it would make logical sense for Arsenal to go all out to improve upon their goalkeeper situation. Petr Cech, would do just that. Whilst Ospina has been impressive, in his 16 appearances he has kept eight clean sheets. Not bad for a ‘keeper in his first season in the Premier League.
Not even Jose Mourinho will have a say in the matter, talking to TalkSport, the Chelsea manager said;
“If it’s in my hands he would never go, would never go to big clubs with fantastic teams. Big candidates to win the Premier League. I would never let him go. But it’s not in my hands.”
Wherever Petr Cech does end up next season, whether it be in the Premier League, or abroad – the most likely option for him logically would be Arsenal. His family are settled in London, so it would only be a slight relocation, if any at all. As well as this, Cech has won everything at domestic level in English football – so, it would now be an ideal time for him to start a new challenge. If he was to join Arsenal, he would provide them with a solid start in a Summer transfer window where, if they get the right players in, they really should be pushing for the Premier League title in 2015/16.