According to reports in the media it now appears that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given Petr Cech his blessing to join whichever club he wishes, and as a result a deal with Arsenal has now been heavily backed in to be odds on favourite.
If the reports in the media are true about this, then it is a major obstacle negotiated, but it doesn’t mean the deal is definitely done.
At the moment in Petr Cech next club betting, he is as short as 1/12 to be an Arsenal player before the end of the summer market. The current best price on Cech arriving at Arsenal by then is 1/10 with Betfred (new customers opening a Betfred account here can get £30.00 in free bets).
For me, despite the respect and esteem that Cech is held in by Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, I still can’t see Mourinho making things easy for Arsenal. For a start, if he has eyes on any of Arsenal’s sought after stars, I think it is a given that Mourinho will try and drag them into negotiations with a view to a possible swap deal.
Mourinho might possibly see Arsenal as potential title rivals next season, and if he is going to strengthen the Arsenal team by allowing Cech to join, he may feel he needs to deal the Arsenal squad a blow by taking one of their star names in exchange – or potentially unsettling one of them.
Then there is also the clear animosity between Mourinho and Wenger, is Mourinho really going to gift Arsenal a player of Cech’s quality, who could possibly be one of the pieces in Arsenal’s potential Championship winning jigsaw?
If you think Manchester United might come in and hijack the Arsenal deal to replace the supposedly Madrid bound David De Gea, then you can get a large looking 12/1 with Skybet (£20.00 Free Bet here) on the Chelsea keeper ending up at Old Trafford instead.
There appears to be no baggage between Chelsea and Manchester United, as the transfer of Juan Mata between the two clubs back in 2014 suggests.
I’m not suggesting the Arsenal deal will or won’t go through, I haven’t get a clue. All the speculation suggests it will, but is that based on inside information, or members of the press putting two and two together, and coming up with five?