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Arsenal transfer gossip
Arsenal are said to be keen to wrap up a deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech by the end of this week, with an £11m deal seemingly on the cards for the 33-year-old.
The Gunners appear keen to bring in an upgrade on the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina in this summer’s transfer window, and the Daily Mail reports that they could be successful in luring Cech to the Emirates Stadium imminently, due to his desire to keep his family in London.
Despite losing his place to Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea starting lineup this season, Cech remains regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world after a great career at Stamford Bridge, and Arsenal fans will no doubt be excited at the prospect of bringing in such a big name.
Having signed Alexis Sanchez last summer and Mesut Ozil the year before, a move for Cech would continue the club’s recent trend of pursuing more established stars, and a new goalkeeper definitely looks a position the team could improve in after an uncertain campaign from both Szczesny and Ospina.
The Colombian shot-stopper replaced the Pole midway through the season, and while the signing from Nice performed reasonably well, he was still not selected for the FA Cup final, suggesting manager Arsene Wenger could still be undecided about who is the most suitable first choice.
Bringing in Cech arguably looks the ideal solution to the keeper situation at the Emirates Stadium, and if the Mail’s £11m fee is correct, it looks a bargain for such a proven world class talent, who has won a whole host of honours in his long career in West London, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League.
This kind of experience could prove vital for Arsenal as they look to challenge for honours in 2015/16, with Wenger surely hoping to put in a stronger challenge for the league title after two consecutive FA Cup wins.