Arsenal getting a bargain with Petr Cech, says Ray Wilkins

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He also believes that the goalkeeper could turn the Gunners into Premier League title challengers.

Arsenal are getting a “bargain” in their deal for Chelsea’s Petr Cech, Ray Wilkins has told Sky Sports.

The goalkeeper is expected to complete a move from Stamford Bridge in the near future, as per Sky Sports, after Chelsea sanctioned a sale to their Premier League rivals.

According to Sky, the two clubs have agreed a fee of £10.9million for the veteran goalkeeper, who found himself spending last season on the bench as youngster Thibaut Courtois was preferred as number one by manager Jose Mourinho.

And at that price, Wilkins believes the Gunners are getting a bargain.

“It is absolutely a bargain,” he told Sky Sports.

“Bearing in mind he never played last year, so in football terms he’s 32, not 33. He’s got eight years left at the top level. I’m slightly surprised Chelsea have allowed him to go to another Premier League club.”

Transformation into Premier League title contenders

Wilkins is not the only person to be surprised by Cech’s impending move to the Emirates, though, with many having expressed their shock at the defending Premier League champions doing business with a direct rival.

Arsene Wenger’s side have been lacking a top quality goalkeeper since the days of Jens Lehmann, with current duo Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina failing to prove themselves as long-term solutions.

Aside from the impact on league position, the signing of Cech is definitely a shrewd one for Wenger given the impact it may have on current number two Szczesny.

Arsenal fans, and potentially even Wenger, will hope that the addition of Cech could turn things around for the player, with his experience and Premier League knowhow sure to prove useful to the Polish keeper's development.

There is no denying that the young shot-stopper is talented, and potentially Cech's influence could help to take his game to the next level, meaning Arsenal will have secured both a short-term and long-term solution in their goalkeeping department.

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