We seem set for a bit of high-level goalkeeper merry-go-round this summer, and one of the cogs could go just about anywhere.
Petr Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and a Chelsea legend. Both of those facts are well-established, as is his status as the No. 2 to young Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
And while Jose Mourinho would like to keep him as a No. 2, it’s thought that Blues owner Roman Abramovich will placate Cech’s request of only one season as a No. 2.
So where will Cech go?
Massive money aside, it’s hard to imagine, even in today’s money-first football climate, that Cech will be sold to Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal. Cech’s agent mentioned Arsenal, United and Paris Saint-Germain as attractive options for Cech, but the first two seem far-fetched (even if David De Gea leaves Old Trafford and United fills up its war chest).
Truthfully, it’s hard to see him staying in England.
So which club presents him the chance to keep collecting trophies and winner’s medals? Real Madrid would be a fine landing spot, but the union of a homesick De Gea and the Spanish side makes too much sense.
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So how about PSG? Cech starred at Rennes before switching to Stamford Bridge in 2002, and could set up shop in a nation where the Euro will be staged in 2016. As it stands, the Czechs lead qualifying in Group A. Plus, PSG has made strides towards being a European power. There’s certainly the lure of bringing a second club its first UEFA Champions League crown, and growing a legend as one of the best keepers of all-time.
With PSG also tipped to go after Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and/or Angel Di Maria — and apparently Financial Fair Play sanctions — it would make sense for the club to upgrade at keeper and, with respect to Salvatore Sirigu, Cech would step up their shot-stopping game.