It seems as though Petr Cech has been around forever, with the goalkeeper having been in the Premier League for over ten year.
The Czech international was signed by Claudio Ranieri in 2004 as a 21 year old for £9 million and became one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
However, in the last season Cech has played second fiddle to the younger Thibaut Courtois, who was favoured by Jose Mourinho from the start of the season.
At just 32, Cech is set to be a bargain for any team in need of a top class goalkeeper with a price of £10 million reportedly enough to prize him away from Stamford Bridge.
He may be considered a senior player at 32, but generally speaking this would be described as a goalkeeper’s prime, only get better with experience and Cech has more experience at the top level than most keepers in world football.
Afterall, Edwin Van der Sar was 34 when he arrived at Old Trafford and played almost 200 times for the club across six seasons, with Sir Alex Ferguson calling him “The best keeper since Peter Schmeichel to play for Manchester United.”
On the financial side, £10 million is a snip. It may sound like a lot of money for a goal keeper but in this day and age it represents value.
With transfer amounts now judged on the ridiculous ‘Gareth Bale’ scale since his £85 million move to Real Madrid, £10 million has become a bargain for any top level player.
Another rumoured transfer this summer could also make Cech look even better value. The reported deal of David De Gea to Real Madrid is likely to be around the £40-50 million mark if it does go through.
Despite the fact that De Gea is an excellent goalkeeper with many years ahead of him, for a quarter of the price a team can purchase all the experience and quality of Petr Cech.
Arsenal are rumoured to be interested him and willing to stump up the cash and after the way they lost to Swansea City this week, they could do with a world-class goal keeper.
Written by Ellis who can be found on Twitter @EllisLane3