We have been heavily linked with a move for Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech ahead of the summer transfer window, but Blues boss Jose Mourinho is apparently demanding either Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as part exchange, according to the Metro.
David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny have proved themselves solid keepers, but mistakes have crept into both men’s games. Cech would almost certainly prove an upgrade on our two current options, but it seems Mourinho is going to play hardball.
The Portuguese manager may understandably be reluctant to let his experienced star join a Premier League rival – especially one who looks capable of challenging for silverware in the coming seasons.
He is therefore demanding, as reported by the Metro, that we include either Walcott or the Ox in any deal that would see Cech move across London.
It’s a bizarre rumour, and one that is certainly hard to see becoming a reality. Cech appears to be valued at around £10m (via the Daily Mail), which you would think would be significantly less than Arsene Wenger would want for either Chamberlain or Walcott. Mourinho would therefore have to include a lump sum on top of the veteran shot-stopper, and even then it’s difficult to see Wenger accepting.
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Walcott has already been linked with a move away from the club this summer (via the Express), with contract negotiations allegedly stalling. The England international has struggled for game time since returning from injury this season, but it’s unlikely he would see any more action at Stamford Bridge.
We should be doing our best to bring Cech to the Emirates, but not at the expense of Walcott or Chamberlain.