Arsenal have made Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech their priority this summer- despite the fact a move is unlikely due to Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho’s stance.
Mourinho has revealed he does not want Cech to strengthen a direct rival and would prefer he stays at Chelsea. However, it’s now been stated the final decision lays with Roman Abramovich.
Ambramovich may attempt to lure the player abroad, where there is interest from Roma, Besiktas and Inter Milan, but it’s been continuously stated that Cech would be able to choose his next destination personally after 11 years of solid service to Chelsea.
With his family settled to life in England, and London in particular, a move to Arsenal may appeal- especially as concerns regarding David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny mean Cech would get the first-team football he craves.
Arsenal are likely to have to fork out over £12m for the 32-year-old stopper but the general consensus is that it would be money well spent- as they can get a number of years of service from the Czech international, whilst he would give the Gunners a major step forward in their quest for the Premier League title.
A final decision regarding Arsenal’s interest, and the future of Cech, is likely to be made at the end of the season- but with just over a week remaining in the Premier League both parties are running out of time.