Arsenal is prepared to contact Chelsea on potentially signing Petr Čech [Daily Mail]. The 32 year-old has become Mourinho’s number two goalkeeper this season, after Thibaut Courtois has impressed many this season. Čech has been at Chelsea since 2004, and has won four Premier League titles, four F.A. Cups, one Champions League, three league cups, and one Europa League. With his legendary status, and close relationship with owner Roman Abramovich, it is understood that Čech will be allowed to choose his club this summer. A fee around £10million, it would be difficult to see the Chelsea legend walk away from Stamford Bridge, especially to Arsenal.
Petr Čech is still a world-class goalkeeper, even at 32 years of age. Much of Thibaut Courtois success this season has been placed upon Čech pushing the Belgian in training. Čech would certainly have to be replaced by a keeper that has experience in the Premier League and that will not care to play behind Courtois. Possible replacements would be John Ruddy, Rob Green, Shay Given, or Craig Gordon.
The most heavily linked keeper is Tottenham’s Brad Friedel. Friedel is a 43 year-old American, with loads of experience. Having played for Newcastle, Galatasaray, Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa, and now Tottenham, Friedel certainly knows his way around the block. Some Chelsea fans would like to see a younger replacement that would be at the club for more than just a couple of years, but Friedel would still be a great signing, and he would be relatively cheap due to his age.
It will be a hard pill to swallow to see Čech leave, especially if he is playing for Arsène Wenger in the Emirates. Čech has been through it all, and since Mourinho has returned to London for his second spell at the club he has parted way with multiple club legends. Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are the most notable legends to leave last year. Didier Drogba does not seem to have a future at Stamford Bridge, with heavy links to the MLS. Mourinho should do everything he can to keep Čech, and he should have learned from his mistake in selling Lampard to a rival, to not sell anymore to another top tier Premier League club.