The Czech international is up there with the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history, boasting three (almost four) titles, three Golden Glove awards and 332 league appearances since his debut in 2004, and at 32 years of age is still firmly within his prime.
But Cech has found himself stuck behind the prodigious Thibaut Courtois this season, despite conceding just one goal in six Premier League appearances this term, and is resultantly expected to move on in the coming transfer window.
Arsenal have been mooted as potential suitors but reports from Goal.com last month claimed the Chelsea hierarchy would refuse to sell. Not only are both clubs rivals in terms of locality, but the Gunners could also finish the season in second place – making them the most obvious threat to Chelsea’s expected title defence next season.
But The Mail report Arsenal are hoping Cech’s close relationship with Roman Abramovich could convince the Blues owner otherwise. Having served in west London for over a decade, Arsenal believe the veteran ‘keeper will be allowed to leave on his own terms.