Arsenal have been consistently linked with a move for Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech this summer, but according to his agent, Cech could be heading for Turkey with Besiktas after talks began with the Turkish club.
Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar is quoted by Turkish publication Fanatik as saying: “I have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks,”
“Turkey is a choice for Cech, but we will decide when the league is over.”
A move to Turkey would seem like a strange choice for Cech at this stage of his career. At 32 years-old he is still considered one of the most reliable keepers in the European game. The fact the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid and PSG are being mooted as potential destinations shows that he is still highly-regarded.
No doubt a move to Turkey at this stage would be a lucrative one, but surely he would want to remain in one Europe’s biggest leagues, rather than move to a smaller league.
Cech has spent a frustrating campaign on the Chelsea bench this season, after being the first choice ‘keeper for the Blues for a decade. However, in young Belgian international Thibaut Courtois the Blues have one of the best ‘keepers in the world.
Cech looks likely to head out of Stamford Bridge this summer, but his destination is very much unknown at this moment in time.
It seems it would be difficult for Arsenal to make a move for the Czech Republic international, not only because of the interest from Besiktas, but because Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stated that he does not want Cech to join another English team.
When talking about Cech he was obviously talking about Arsenal, although Liverpool are also believed to be interested in signing the experienced stopper.
I do believe that Petr Cech would be an excellent signing for the Gunners, with doubts increasing about the long-term viability of Colombian international David Ospina as number one for the team from north London.
Every great team needs a great ‘keeper and Petr Cech is just that. He has proven that by the amount of trophies the Blues have won during his period as the team’s first choice.
Arsenal are arguably just a few players away from being realistic challengers for the big trophies and no doubt signing Cech would make the team stronger. Unfortunately for the Gunners, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is canny enough not to sell a great player to a rival team and Arsenal will have to look elsewhere for a reliable ‘keeper.
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