Report: Arsenal to launch summer bid for Chelsea's Cech, one potential stumbling block

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech.

Arsenal are to launch a summer bid for out-of-favour Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on the condition that the Blues are willing to sell to a direct rival, the Daily Mail reports.

The Czech international has found first-team football hard to come by for the Premier League leaders this season due to fellow shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois gaining the number one spot.

The Belgian international’s impressive form and relative youth means Cech’s career as a regular at Stamford Bridge looks all but over, prompting questions to be raised over his future.

Reports claim Cech is likely to leave at the end of the season, and with the Gunners allegedly keen admirers, the North Londoners are reportedly preparing a summer bid, on the condition that he will be available for transfer.

“Arsenal are awaiting clarification regarding Petr Cech's future before moving for the Chelsea goalkeeper. The Gunners want to ensure they have a realistic chance of landing Cech before launching a move, with Chelsea likely to be reluctant to sell to a direct rival,” the Daily Mail claims.

Should Chelsea consider selling Petr Cech to Arsenal?

The Blues may not wish to sell a top player like Cech to a direct rival, but they must consider whether the Gunners are genuine title rivals and whether the Czech international is likely to improve them dramatically.

The North Londoners have not claimed more than 80 points in a season since 2008 and more than 85 since 2004 – their last title win.

So are they genuine title challengers? Over the past seven seasons they certainly haven’t been, and what evidence is there to suggest that next season is going to be any different?

If Cech could help Arsene Wenger’s men take points off the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United, that may in contrast prove to be an incentive to send him to the Emirates Stadium.

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