Arsenal have been handed a boost by none other than Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho in their reported attempts to bring in legendary ‘keeper Petr Cech after the Blues boss insisted that the Czech international can choose his destination at the end of the season, according to the Telegraph.
After losing his first team place to Thibaut Courtois this season, Cech has endured his first season as a no.2 and given that he is still in his prime, a summer move has been mooted.
According to the report, Arsenal remain interested in the 32-year-old, but would have to meet Mourinho asking price of £10m.
“Petr Cech is not a player, he’s an institution,” Mourinho hinted.
“It’s different – 10 years in goal, going through everything he went through, great moments and sad moments, dying on the pitch. With institutions, you have to deal with things in a different manner. I think he won the right to be part of a discussion and a decision. He deserves a special perspective.”
Mourinho has previously shown that he has no problem selling to a rival, sanctioning the sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United in January 2014 and it seems as though he would have no issue doing that again.
David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny have done little to convince as bonafide first choice keepers and a move for Cech could see Arsenal become realistic title challengers.