5 Possible Destinations for Chelsea Goalkeeper Petr Cech
(Granted, the latter’s elbow injury suffered in pre-season hastened the process.)
What goes around comes around.
On Monday, the 32-year-old started the London outfit’s Premier League campaign on the bench—his spot between the sticks taken by 22-year-old Thibaut Courtois.
Ever since the match—a 3-1 win for Chelsea at Burnley—speculation regarding Cech’s future at Stamford Bridge has intensified. That is, especially in light of manager Jose Mourinho’s recent concession that he is looking to offload a foreign player in order to comply with Premier League and Champions League rules, per Matt Law of The Telegraph.
There is no doubt a good many clubs could do with Cech, who is still an elite goalkeeper and could have seven or eight top-level seasons left in him.
Following are five possible destinations for the Czech Republic international.
5. AS Monaco
AS Monaco have already acquired a goalkeeper this summer.
Following Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League, Maarten Stekelenburg moved to the principality on loan and will be expected to share time with Danijel Subasic.
However, it would hardly be surprising if Monaco made a swoop for Cech, especially given the 32-year-old's Champions League experience. The club tend to throw money at goalkeepers and have nothing resembling stability at the position.
The Ligue 1 runners-up let Argentina No. 1 Sergio Romero return to Sampdoria after the completion of his own loan spell at the club, and John Cross of The Mirror has already reported that Cech could be on his way to the French Riviera.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would surely prefer to transfer Petr Cech out of the Premier League, but as he showed last January when he offloaded Juan Mata to Manchester United, he’s not completely averse to dealing with a direct rival.
Liverpool sold former No. 1 Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich earlier this month, and while they seem to have faith in Simon Mignolet, a goalkeeper with the reputation of Cech would almost certainly represent an upgrade at the position.
During his season-long loan at Napoli, former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina became an important member of the squad under manager Rafael Benitez, with whom he also worked at Anfield.
Reina’s departure and Napoli’s lack of action in the transfer window seems to indicate the Italians are content to proceed with Rafael Cabral between the sticks, although the sudden availability of Petr Cech could surely change their minds.
Third-place finishers in Serie A last season, a goalkeeper of Cech’s ability would only enhance their chances of consolidating their position in the Champions League places while also providing experience in Europe’s premier club competition.
They do have a capable goalkeeper at the club in the form of Neto, but the Brazilian’s contract expires in less than a year, and they’ll have to address the goalkeeping situation this season anyway.
The Florence outfit finished fourth in Serie A last season. Under manager Vincenzo Montella, they’ll be looking to make a push into the Champions League places this term.
1. New York City FC
New York City FC, who will play their first Major League Soccer match next March, have already signed Frank Lampard and David Villa and would surely jump at the chance to acquire Petr Cech as their third designated player.
According to Matt Law at the Independent, Cech is currently on £100,000 per week at Stamford Bridge—wages the MLS outfit would have no difficulty matching or even improving.
From a purely competitive standpoint, it may be too soon for the 32-year-old to consider a move to the United States, but money talks.
Cech would also be a potential captain if he made the switch.