Cech is said to be close to agreeing a £7 million move to Stamford Bridge, allowing him first-team football with Thibaut Courtois turning out regularly for the Blues.
Following his return from Atletico Madrid, the Belgian stopper has appeared in every Premier League game, with Cech’s only appearance coming as a substitute in the 2-0 victory over Arsenal with Courtois having to leave the field through injury. The 32-year-old has also turned out in the League Cup and the Champions League, but, with plenty of years of top flight football ahead of him, he is said to be keen on moving somewhere with more consistent first-team opportunities.
Real Madrid, PSG and Besiktas were reportedly interested in the Czech international, but it could be Arsenal who sign the ageing stopper, and benefit from his 10-years of Premier League experience.
Whilst many would consider selling someone of Cech’s quality to a Premier League rival could be a risk, former Chelsea and Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes that the Gunners are the prime candidates for his signature, with them being so far off the title race.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Bosnich - who turned out just five times for the Blues over a two-year spell - said: “Petr Cech has been one of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history and he’s a winner as well. I think it would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal.
“From a Chelsea point of view it’s very difficult because he’s been such a great servant. He didn’t particularly do anything wrong last year to warrant losing his place at the start of this season. When a player has been that good a servant for you over all those years and, bearing in mind Chelsea’s position, it would be very difficult to stop him leaving to one of your great rivals.
“If the points difference was much closer between them, and Arsenal were showing signs they could go on and win the title, I definitely don’t think they would sell him. In this situation though, I think they would.”
The Cech situation is remarkably similar to when Juan Mata left Stamford Bridge last season, signing for Manchester United after the Blues had already played United twice in the Premier League. With the Red Devils far off the title race, Mourinho let the outcast midfielder move to Old Trafford, hoping to capitalise on his talents to aid the Blues in the search for Premier League success.
Whilst Chelsea have played Arsenal just once this season, Mourinho must feel as if the Gunners are too far off the pace to be considered a threat, and he will be hoping Cech can help the Blues win the Premier League whilst plying his trade at the Emirates Stadium.