Arsenal have been given yet another boost in our attempts to land Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech after French champions Paris Saint Germain pulled out of the race as they expect him to join us imminently, according to French publication L ‘Equipe (via the Mirror).
Talk has intensified regarding Cech and the deal is now in danger of becoming a saga after Jose Mourinho hinted that he wants a swap deal should his trusted lieutenant depart for us.
“For every club that is interested in Petr, I can find a player I like in that club, too,” the Chelsea boss was quoted as saying (via The Guardian).
However, the Portuguese boss has previously accepted that he doesn’t hold all the cards in this particular scenario and that Cech’s relationship with Roman Abramovich remains key.
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“My answer is not important because the owner is the owner, he is the person with the perspective I admire a lot, respect a lot,” Mourinho went on to say, as reported in The Guardian.
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PSG was rumoured to be one of the clubs fighting for Cech’s signature and the fact that they’ve admitted defeat gives us the clearest indication yet that a deal for the Chelsea man is close.
This could represent one of our biggest ever signings and on-par with the deals which saw Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil arrive over the past few years.
Despite the sensational displays of Jens Lehmann, his ill-discipline meant that we were never able to fully rely upon him. Therefore, we’re realistically still waiting for David Seaman’s direct replacement – Cech would be exactly that.