Arsenal considering summer move for Chelsea goalkeeper Cech

Chelsea will allow Petr Cech to leave the club when he feels the time is right and Arsenal could make a summer approach for the goalkeeper, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Cech, under contract at Stamford Bridge for a further 12 months, has this season acted as back-up to Thibaut Courtois, who took over as Jose Mourinho’s No.1 following the end of his three-year loan at Atletico Madrid. Courtois won the Spanish title in his final season with Atletico and has helped the Blues to the top of the Premier League in the current campaign.

The Gunners could face competition from Serie A contenders Roma but it’s expected any transfer would be delayed until the end of the season, particularly after Mourinho allowed third-choice Mark Schwarzer to leave the club for struggling Leicester City. Liverpool could also enter the frame for Cech.

It’s expected that Real Madrid will attempt to sign either David De Gea from Manchester United or Hugo Lloris from Tottenham Hotspur, which would signal further movement across other clubs in a domino effect.

Chelsea are willing to let Cech leave and leave for a rival if he asks to be allowed to go, out of deference to his long service to the club. Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in the summer of 2004 and was part of Mourinho’s first title-winning side, and also claimed trophies under Carlo Ancelotti.

Arsene Wenger attempted to sign Cech in 2004, it’s reported, and Wenger has lost faith in current first-choice Wojciech Szczesny, while there are also disciplinary issues involving the Poland international. David Ospina, the Colombia international signed in the summer, will be given a chance to dislodge Szczesny.

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