After a campaign where he was barely any use to Arsenal, Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has taken to feeding Gunners fans with the scraps of transfer information he’s privy to in a possible attempt to remain relevant.
Speaking to the press back in his native land, the veteran playmaker said of international colleague Petr Cech:
“I know some things from both sides but I will not interfere. It could even turn against me. Both sides know what they are doing. Arsenal are a top team in the world. Players want to be transferred there, that is nothing new.”
It adds further fuel to the roaring inferno of speculation that the decorated goalkeeper will be leaving Chelsea this summer after a year spent as understudy to Thibaut Courtois.
The Gunners – 4/1 to win the title in 2015/16 – are believed to be keen on his services, but all logic dictates the 33-year-old won’t be going anywhere.
Unless a substantial fee is forthcoming, Chelsea have no incentive to sell, especially to a domestic rival.
Arsene Wenger has an aversion to paying any money at all for players over 30, let alone vast amounts of it so the Arsenal delegate arriving at Stamford Bridge with the brimming attaché cash won’t be forthcoming.
Further cause to doubt the Gunners will breach their policy of not buying a net minder for big bucks it that they’re not in the slightest bit desperate for one.
Colombian stopper David Ospina proved himself to be a proficient clean sheet-keeper when he broke into the first team at the start of 2015, which coincided with the north Londoners stringing together their mazy run of 11 wins in 12 that convinced many to believe that next season could be they one in which they win the title.
The last thing Jose ‘win at all costs regardless of moral implications’ Mourinho would be willing to do is furnish a rival with a player that could improve their first-team.
He wouldn’t allow Arsenal to loan third-choice striker Demba Ba for the 2013/14 season, so why would he allow them to take a player of Cech’s quality?
This notion is likely to scupper Manchester United too, who will probably be in the market for a keeper if, as expected, David de Gea signs for Real Madrid.
But the Red Devils seem set on Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and they have their own old hand in Victor Valdes already on board, signing another wouldn’t be sensible.
If playing for a Champions League club is Cech’s priority, there aren’t many options abroad either.
With the exception of Monaco and, to a lesser extent, Paris Saint-Germain, all the clubs capable of paying his wages have world-class operatives between the sticks.
None are going to pay the calibre of fee Chelsea will demand to add another to their ranks, so in all likelihood, it’ll be another season on the subs bench for disgruntled Cech.