It will have been a bittersweet 2014-15 campaign for long-term Chelsea custodian Petr Cech, who played a minimal role in the West London club’s domestic double and lost his number one jersey to Thibaut Courtois.
The Blues veteran was only given a handful of Premier League starts at Stamford Bridge this season, with the Belgian proving himself as a safe pair of hands for Jose Mourinho’s men.
As such, with Cech still in his prime and a top-notch goalkeeper, few would begrudge him a transfer this summer as the Czech Republic international looks to get back to playing regular football.
A race for the stopper’s signature will surely ensue if Cech is made available and the distinguished star will not be short of potential destinations as a result.
Here are three potential new clubs for the Chelsea man to consider…
There is no doubting that Cech moving to the Emirates Stadium makes sense for both the Gunners and the goalkeeper ahead of next season.
The Emirates Stadium outfit have been looking for a world-class stopper for some time, with a number of incumbents failing to live up to their billing.
Despite the relatively solid showings of David Ospina in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign, rumours linking Arsenal with a new goalkeeper refuse to go away.
Cech would be an excellent addition for Arsene Wenger’s men, but there is one stumbling block – Jose Mourinho.
The likelihood of the Portuguese trainer allowing the Chelsea legend to leave for Arsenal seems very small and as such Cech may well have to consider options overseas.
Although the Spanish giants are seemingly keen to bring Manchester United’s David De Gea to the Santiago Bernabeu, whether or not this move will happen ahead of next term remains to be seen.
If Madrid are forced to wait another year or longer for the Spain international to make his move to Los Blancos, someone of Cech’s calibre would be a welcome interim purchase.
With Iker Casillas not the force that he once was and drawing real criticism from the club’s fans and the local press, the Madrid legend’s time at the club could well be up.
A more reliable option such as Cech would surely appeal, especially now Rafa Benitez has officially replaced Carlo Ancelotti as manager.
Italian capital city side Roma have assured automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League again and as such will be looking to strengthen their squad.
With 38-year-old Morgan De Sanctis currently Rudi Garcia’s first-choice between the sticks, a younger man with ability to be a dependable option for years to come seems to be a transfer priority.
Roma are backed by wealthy American owners and have grand plans of derailing Juventus’ domestic dominance with investment in the playing squad.
Cech moving to the Giallorossi seems like an ideal fit, with regular football at the top level for the player and a solid goalkeeper for the club.