Petr Cech is set to choose Inter Milan instead of Arsenal when he leaves Chelsea at the end of the season, according to the Daily Express.
Cech, 32, has been replaced by Thibaut Courtois as Chelsea’s regular goalkeeper, following a trophy-laden decade of being the first choice keeper at Stamford Bridge. But, he has rarely played for the Blues this season. Speculation has been rife as to whether or not the Czech he will still be in west London next season and, if not, where he will be instead. He has been linked to several clubs around Europe including Roma and Galatasaray, but it appeared Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal were front-runners after Arsene Wenger reportedly offered Wojciech Szczesny in exchange.
However, the Gunners have been usurped by Serie A giants Inter Milan in the race to sign the 2012 Champions League winner’s signature. Inter have supposedly agreeing to meet Chelsea’s £10 million valuation, according to the Express which quotes Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. Inter have turned to Cech after losing patience with their current goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, with whom they have been unable to agree personal terms on a new contract. The club, with which Jose Mourinho won the Champions League with in 2010, has reportedly offered Cech a two-year deal with the option of a third. Cech has spoken in the recent weeks about his frustration on his lack of first-team action.
He has made only five appearances in the Premier League this season, but has kept a clean sheet in all of those games.