Chelsea have enjoyed a fantastic season, storming to their first Premier League title for five years as well as victory in the League Cup ensuring they will end the season with two trophies.
Much of their success has revolved around their defence, with its solidity and ability to shut out opponents playing a pivotal role in the season.
Young Belgian goalkeeper Thibuat Courtois has been a crucial part of the back five for the majority of the season, and looks every bit a world class keeper as his profile continues to rise.
It’s hard to believe he’s only 23 when you look at what he’s already achieved, and he will soon be collecting a Premier League winners medal to go alongside last season’s La Liga title.
And while the future of Chelsea looks in safe hands for many years, Courtois’ introduction has come at cost to club legend Petr Cech, who appears to be on his way out of the club this summer.
Having lost his place to formere Atletico Madrid star, Cech has made just six league appearances during the campaign and is now free to talk to other clubs according to his agent.
The 32-year-old has a host of clubs chasing his signature as he seeks a move to ensure regular football from next season, and still regarded as a top class goalkeeper; will prove a great signing for whoever wins the race for the Czech.
Premier League rivals Arsenal are heavy favourites to sign Cech in a deal that could cost up to £10m, but it’s a move that could have heavy consequences for Chelsea if they allow it to take place.
Having put together a terrific unbeaten run through the second half of the season, Arsenal look set to mount a serious title challenge next term and their ability to add a few quality players over the summer could make all the difference.
A new goalkeeper appears to be one of their main priorities, despite the efforts of David Ospina and Cech could be the man to kick start their title challenge having emerged as their number one target.
While Jose Mourinho will be keen to let Cech make up his own mind regarding his next move, he has to consider doing all he can to block the move given how it could improve the Gunners.
By allowing the goalkeeper a move to the Emirates, he will not only be losing a great part of his own squad, but he will be also be helping arguably their main rivals for the league strengthen theirs.
Obviously Arsenal will need to bring in more players to push Chelsea all the way next season, but Cech’s arrival would certainly signal their intent and show they mean business.
There’s certainly plenty of clubs chasing Cech with Spurs, Liverpool, PSG, Roma and Besiktas just some of the others linked with a move, all of whom would offer far less of a risk to Chelsea’s success were he to opt for one of those.
But his desire to play Champions League football, coupled with the option to stay in London, means Arsenal have to be the preferred option for Cech and despite Chelsea’s reluctance to do so, selling to a title rival may well be the only option.
Mourinho certainly won’t want to go against the wishes of one of his key players over the last decade, and if the goalkeeper has his heart set on Arsenal then it will be hard to stand in his way.