Chelsea old boy Jason Cundy believes that Jose Mourinho will be tempted into selling Petr Cech to Premier League rivals Arsenal if they continue to express an interest, as he believes the north London side do not represent a realistic title threat to the Blues, as reported by the Daily Star.
The return of Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid heralded the end of an era for Cech.
He was comfortably first choice at Stamford Bridge for an extended period of time, but the younger goalkeeper has displaced him in the team.
His future has therefore been questioned repeatedly, and Cech himself has hinted that he is not particularly happy to sit on the bench and wait for any opportunities that might arise.
As a result, Arsenal are thought to be lining up a £7 million bid for the Czech keeper.
Cundy himself feels as though this is a realistic possibility.
He said: “Of all Chelsea’s current squad, I’d suggest Petr Cech is the most likely to leave.
“Where could Cech go? Well Arsenal have been mentioned in some quarters, and I think that move makes a lot of sense.
“When Jose first joined Chelsea, back in 2004, he’d never have dreamed of selling a top player to Arsenal, because they were genuine rivals at the time.
“But nowadays – and I know I’m going to get pelters from Arsenal fans for saying this – the two clubs are at completely different levels.
“Arsenal aren’t competing with Chelsea any more. They live in the Premier League’s top four, but seem to have given up challenging for the title.
“Jose will know that, and he’ll also know he can get good money out of them for Cech.
“Last year he sold Mata to United because they were struggling, and because Mata didn’t fit into his system; he wasn’t strong or versatile enough to be a Mourinho player.
“Jose knew United weren’t competing with Chelsea at that particular time, so he was happy to give them Mata. You can see something similar happening with Cech.
“By signing for Arsenal, Cech could stay in London and he’d get regular playing time at a big club.
“Would Cech be a good signing for Arsenal? Absolutely.”