Chelsea Agree To Sell Cech To Arsenal For £11m, But Only Once They Sign A Replacement
Chelsea have agreed to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal for £11m but will only rubber-stamp the deal once they have signed a suitable replacement
As the opening of the summer transfer window approaches, managers are working hard identifying targets and lining-up potential deals so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Chelsea want to sign a replacement before they sell Petr Cech…
Chelsea have agreed to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal for £11m but will only rubber-stamp the deal once they have signed a suitable replacement, according to the Daily Mail.
Cech is set to leave Stamford Bridge after losing his first team place to Thibaut Courtois and Sky Sports News reported last night that the goalkeeper held talks with Chelsea officials on Monday where he expressed his desire to find a new club.
A number of top European clubs have been linked with the 33-year-old in recent months but Arsenal have emerged as the favourites with Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon quoted in the papers as saying that Cech favoured a move to the Emirates as he wants to remain in London where he and his family are settled.
It seems a deal to take the Czech Republic international to North London is close to completion as the Daily Mail are reporting this evening that Chelsea have now agreed to sell Cech to Arsenal for £11m, but only once they’ve signed a suitable replacement.
The newspaper suggests that Jose Mourinho has identified Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic as his No.1 target and is working hard to secure a £10.5m deal for the Bosnian international but with Tottenham also keen, the Portuguese coach has lined-up QPR’s Robert Green as an alternative.
So it seems Cech’s move to Arsenal is now edging ever-closer but they must now wait until Chelsea bring in a new No.2 before the Premier League champions will sign-off the deal.
If it gets completed smoothly, the signing of Cech would be a major coup for Wenger and I think it will make them genuine title challengers next season. The Gunners have been crying out for a top class keeper since the days of Jens Lehmann and there aren’t many better than Cech in European football.
It will be a noble gesture from Roman Abramovich if he rewards Cech for 11 years of loyal service by granting his wish to join a rival, but I just wonder whether they’ll end up regretting it in 12 months time….
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