It seems as if Chelsea are set to sell goalkeeper Thibaus Courtois to Real Madrid. The Belgian international is into the final year of his contract and has shown no willingness to sign a new one, thus a £35m deal is expected go through this month.
That will leave
Antonio Conte Maurizio Sarri seeking a replacement and Sky Sports are pushing a story linking them with their former number 1, Petr Cech.
The 36 year old joined Arsenal from Chelsea in the summer of 2015, and while he’s been the number one in Premier League terms, he’s had to share cup and European football with David Ospina.
The Gunners have also splashed out on a new keeper this summer, spending a club record £22.5m on German Bernd Leno, but handed Cech the number 1 shirt earlier this summer, something he said he had wanted since he arrived.
With Unai Emery waiting to assess his goalkeepers before deciding on his first choice, it seems there’s a competitive environment at the club right now, although with Emi Martinez, David Ospina and Matt Macey also filling out the roster it seems at least one departure, if not two, is inevitable.
At 36, Cech is not one for the future, but could fill a gap if they can’t find a younger target before the close of the transfer window. Nevertheless, it would be a surprise if this deal went through, so we’re going with a runny 8 on our patented Poo-O-Meter.