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Chelsea to Buy £18m Russian Keeper as Petr Cech Heads for Zenit?

Stamford Bridge side to sell top class keeper? Seems unlikely.

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Zenit St. Petersburg are lining up an audacious move for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech , according to Russian sources.

And according to the report, Chelsea themselves are after CSKA Moskva ‘keeper Igor Akinfeev as a possible replacement for the 28-year-old Czech.

24-year-old Akinfeev is deemed one of Europe’s best goalkeepers. He made his debut in the Russian national team at the age of 18, and has cemented his place between the posts for his country.

Akinfeev commands his box well, is self-confident, has amazing instincts, great aerial ability and is strong in one-on-one situations. (IMScouting)

This source appears to believe that Carlo Ancelotti would consider selling Petr Cech after a few average displays this season, but that seems a tad foolhardy given that the Czech international is still recognised as one of the best in the business, which is not to say that CSKA man Igor Akinfeev isn’t impressive, which of course he is, but some would argue he hasn’t got the edge on the three time Premier League title winner.

Cech is closing in on 300 appearances for the west London side and you could probably count the errors he has made on the fingers on two hands and it seems highly unlikely that he would sold and at 28 year he still has a great deal to offer the Blues so regardless of how impressive his potential Chelsea replacements are, I think it is safe to assume the former Rennes and Sparta Prague man will be around at the club for some time to come.


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