Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Petr Cech appeared to leave the door open to a deadline day transfer on Monday when discussing his Chelsea future while on international duty.
Cech has been linked to PSG and QPR, and confessed he does not know what will happen before the 11 p.m. deadline, reported by sport.cz via David Kent of Mail Online:
I've been at the club for 10 years, the situation is now new to me. The three opening matches I could not play for the team. I have no reason to panic, pack up and leave.
I am a Chelsea player, where I have two more years of contract.
In football, nothing can be predicted in advance, nothing is ever perfect.
A lot of players go on representative duty, yet still many transfer clubs. The offer would have to be right for everyone. I do not exclude anything (or) know the answer.
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to test Jose Mourinho's willingness to keep Petr Cech at Chelsea, according to Rob Draper of the Daily Mail.
The veteran goalkeeper is yet to start a game this season and has been forced to watch on as Thibaut Courtois beds himself in as the No. 1. Although this has always been coming—Courtois' performances across three season-long loan spells with Atletico Madrid established the Belgian as one of football's best young stoppers—Cech's demise has been rapid.
Draper reports Mourinho "wants to keep Cech at the club as it affords him the luxury of having two of the world's best goalkeepers," but that PSG are ready to offer a loan deal for his services.
A loan transfer is likely the only way Cech could arrive at the Parc des Princes after the Ligue 1 champions were punished by UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, meaning both their squad and transfer capabilities have received a cap.
Cech has plenty to offer at the age of 32. Although his reflexes have perhaps slowed over time, the experienced goalkeeper remains an influential figure at the back. He has won it all with Chelsea but suffered a couple of dips in form last season and has seemingly lost out to Courtois, whose presence is extremely impressive considering he is just 22.
Carlo Cudicini, who lost his first-team place to Cech when he arrived at Chelsea, believes the Czech Republic international will move on if he doesn't overcome Courtois' threat, reported by Nik Simon of the London Evening Standard:
He can go anywhere; any team in the world will take him but it was different for me. A goalkeeper of his calibre will try to win the No.1 jersey back but if Courtois does his job well and keeps it, then I don’t think that Petr will stay. It might be in January, it might be the end of the year but I don’t see him staying. That’s my idea but I might be wrong.
Courtois has conceded four goals in three Premier League games so far, per WhoScored.com. The first was a rifled effort from Scott Arfield during Chelsea's 3-1 over Burnley, which Courtois followed with a clean sheet at home to Leicester. The Blues' defence was certainly put under the spotlight during their 6-3 win over Everton, however, although Courtois wasn't at major fault for any of the goals.
His place in the starting lineup has been touted for years, but Cech may be surprised to see his game time limited so quickly.
Chelsea's legendary keeper could be used for Champions League and cup ties—a trend Mourinho employed with Iker Casillas at Real Madrid—but is likely to want further opportunities at this stage of his career.
Cech is thought to have looked for "clarification" over his future in August, according to The Independent.
A move to PSG would allow the player to challenge Salvatore Sirigu for a first-team place, a challenge the Italian goalkeeper may not appreciate. Sirigu has been a key player during PSG's development but could be pushed aside for Cech, who would offer the French club a proven leader.
PSG have until 11 p.m. on Monday to complete any deal for Cech. Mourinho will certainly be wary of letting him leave so late in the transfer window, but could do so if a return clause is implemented for anytime throughout the season.
Should anything happen to Courtois, the Portuguese boss would be wise to ensure he has world-class cover to maintain Chelsea's push across four competitions.
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