After 11 years as Chelsea’s main shot stopper, the time has come for Petr Cech to leave Stamford Bridge.
Despite being relatively young, 32, for a goalkeeper and still considered to be one of Europe’s best, Cech has been given the option of either being using as Chelsea’s cup keeper or find a new club in the summer. For obvious reasons Cech is expected to choose the latter and look for a team where he can start regularly.
The Czech Republic international has been linked with numerous clubs, though the most persistent rumour doing the rounds is that city rivals Arsenal are a likely destination. The Gunners appreciate that Cech is a high quality keeper, the likes of which don’t come around too often. But Arsenal already have two capable goalkeepers, one of whom was brought in just last summer and the other who is expected to leave because he has had to share his place in the first team.
David Ospina, currently Arsenal’s first choice keeper, was signed in the last summer window on a four year deal believed to be worth £3million. He caught Arsene Wenger’s attention after a brilliant performance for Colombia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Since arriving in north London the 26-year-old has made 18 appearances, dislodging previous starter Wojciech Szczesny. Szczesny has been with the Gunners since he joined their youth team in 2009 and used to hold court in Arsenal’s goal before the arrival of Ospina.
With Szczesny wanting to leave because he isn’t playing enough, then why would Cech want to enter this situation? Would Cech be happy to equally share responsibilities with Ospina or would his transfer signal the start of a much reduced role for the Colombian? Surely Arsenal would have to make a choice, particularly when it comes to their Champions League matches, as they are likely to want to stick with one or the other, and with Cech having much more European experience you’d expect him to get the job.
As tempting as staying in London and playing for a team he is already very familiar with Cech can avoid numerous problems by just signing for another club who would welcome him as their main goalkeeper from the off.
Paris Saint-Germain are reported to be interested in signing him and would definitely provide Champions League football next season, along with a huge wage. Their early offer has been around the £7million mark but could increase if they have to battle against teams like Arsenal for his signature.
PSG are on course once again to win Ligue 1 and made it into the quarterfinals of the Champions League after knocking out Cech’s own Chelsea in the previous round.
Perhaps Cech would be an ideal signing for Arsenal and maybe Ospina wouldn’t mind playing a mostly back-up role to him, but Cech has the chance to join the current champions of French football, a team who are getting closer and closer to the level of European heavy weights like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
PSG are a worthwhile project to join and after winning everything in England with Chelsea, it is the perfect time to try his luck somewhere else.