Paris Saint Germain should be the likelier destination for unsettled Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, amid being heavily linked with London rivals Arsenal.
The 33-year-old Czech Republic international has seen limited opportunities since the recall of younger colleague Thibaut Courtois from Atletico Madrid last summer, with the latter usurping his post as Blues first-choice. He was limited to cameo appearances involving games that were insignificant, or when Courtois would have to sit out due to an ailment or just to simply rest.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking into the possibility of upgrading his last line defence despite having an abled no. 1 in Wojciech Szczesny, with pressure continually mounting year-in and year-out because of his side's failure in winning a major trophy in the past seasons. And with Cech, he cannot go wrong, as the former Rennes man has already won almost everything that there is to win at club level in his 11-year stint with Chelsea, unless Cech will experience a sudden decline in performance after having to endure a year with insufficient competitive matches.
More than financial considerations and the reality of returning to first-team action that PSG can offer, the Gunners already have an advantage when it comes to family matters -- since they no longer have to resettle and go through the tedious process of adapting to a new environment.
However, while Stamford Bridge supremo Roman Abramovich has already been reported to be willing to let go of the want-away goalie, Jose Mourinho's wish of not handing him to a direct domestic rival would have more than a persuasive weight.
"If it’s in my hands he would never go, would never go to big clubs with fantastic teams. Big candidates to win the Premier League. I would never let him go," Mourinho was quoted a month ago.
“But it’s not in my hands. My perfect scenario is that he stays with us, I think he belongs to this club, this club belongs to his history and to his life, too."
“I can imagine that a 32 or 33 year old keeper feels young and feels the passion to play every game.”
It remains to be seen whether Abramovich would succumb to the Special One's request, but one thing is almost certain at this point in time -- Cech's departure.
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