Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy claims that Jose Mourinho would allow Petr Cech to join Arsenal because he doesn’t see the Gunners as Premier League title rivals.
Cech, 32, was linked to the likes of Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in August after losing his number one spot to Thibaut Courtois, but Mourinho has continued to express his desire to keep the veteran at Stamford Bridge.
Nevertheless, with the Portuguese manager admitting last week that he is powerless to prevent his former first-choice from leaving in the winter transfer window, speculation has continued over his future.
With Arsenal reported to be preparing a £7 million bid, some have questioned whether Mourinho would sell to Arsene Wenger but, after seeing Juan Mata make a £37.1 million switch to Manchester United last season, Cundy believes that the Blues boss would allow one of his greatest servants the chance to move across London.
“Of all Chelsea's current squad, I'd suggest Petr Cech is the most likely to leave,” he wrote in column forIBTimes UK.
"Where could Cech go? Well Arsenal have been mentioned in some quarters, and I think that move makes a lot of sense.
"When Jose first joined Chelsea, back in 2004, he'd never have dreamed of selling a top player to Arsenal, because they were genuine rivals at the time.
"But nowadays - and I know I'm going to get pelters from Arsenal fans for saying this - the two clubs are at completely different levels.
"Arsenal aren't competing with Chelsea any more. They live in the Premier League's top four, but seem to have given up challenging for the title.
"Jose will know that, and he'll also know he can get good money out of them for Cech.
“Last year he sold Mata to United because they were struggling, and because Mata didn't fit into his system; he wasn't strong or versatile enough to be a Mourinho player,” he continued.
"Jose knew United weren't competing with Chelsea at that particular time, so he was happy to give them Mata. You can see something similar happening with Cech.
"By signing for Arsenal, Cech could stay in London and he'd get regular playing time at a big club.”
"Would Cech be a good signing for Arsenal? Absolutely."