Petr Cech’s transfer to Arsenal appears to be edging closer following comments from his long term goalkeeping coach that have been reported by Mail Sport.
Cristophe Lollichon, who has worked with the Chelsea stopper for 10 years now, has told French radio station RMC that the 33-year-old is likely to leave the Premier League champions this summer and has also revealed a switch to the Gunners is a strong possibility.
Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon on Petr Cech: “The advantage of Arsenal, is they are a top club & they have big ambitions.”
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Interest in the world-class Czech Republic goalkeeper is high with Manchester United and Tottenham both hoping to sign the goalkeeper, however, Lollichon has ruled out a switch to the latter.
“Tottenham? I do not think they have the same ambitions as Arsenal,” he said.
Cech’s departure will bring an end to a fantastic 11 years of service to the West London outfit in which he will arguably go down as the best goalkeeper in their history.
After signing from French outfit Stade Rennais in the summer of 2004 he would go on to keep a record 24 clean sheets in a stunning debut season which yielded the Premier League and League Cup double.
The veteran stopper has won every single major honour with the Blues with the crowning moment being the 2012 Champions League final victory on penalties over Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich.
Cech saved a spot-kick from Arjen Robben during extra-time in the Allianz Arena as Chelsea would go on to become the first team from London to win that European trophy.
This season he has lost the number one spot to Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois meaning the Czech international has had to play second fiddle in the league and in Europe.
However, he did keep goal in the Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham and played enough league games in the qualify for a fourth winners medal.
A move to the Emirates could prove to be complicated as the Blues reportedly [via SkySports] want an homegrown player in exchange for Cech, which is likely to be one of Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the Gunners are understood to be against doing such a deal [via Telegraph Sport].