With Chelsea’s veteran keeper, Petr Cech having lost his place to Thibaut Courtois at the beginning of last season, it didn’t look likely that he will ever regain it, and the Czech international got poise to leave after more than a decade at the Stamford bridge. And given his quality despite his drop in the pecking order, top clubs still showed interest in his services. With Monaco, PSG, Besiktas, Arsenal, Manchester United amongst others. But Mourinho had insisted on not allowing a move to any of the EPL rivals for the 33 year old.
However, the club’s owner Roman Abramovich has shown Petr Cech a green light, and it will throw the door wide open for Manchester United and Arsenal to contest for the shot stopper’s signature. But at the moment, Cech’s attention is all on Czech Republic’s Euro
2016 qualifier against Iceland on June 12, and transfer talks will resume afterwards. The Chelsea management wants to reward him with a choice of choosing his next club all by himself. After having appeared for the Blues 494 times, and helping them win 4 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League over a span of 11 years, he wants to call time on his stay, and Chelsea feel he deserves a free hand.
Arsenal seems to be the most likely next stop, given that Cech’s family is settled in London already over the years, but the player hasn’t confirmed his choice, though Arsenal are making strong bids. Cech has a year left on his deal, and Chelsea will be selling him for 10 million pounds. The club already sees Stokes city’s Begovic as a replacement backup for the keeper. Manchester United’s David De Gea is on his way out of Old Trafford, and they see Cech as a replacement, as his quality is also of standard. But for now, none of the 2 clubs is guaranteed of the player’s services.