Arsenal transfer target Petr Cech 'in talks' with Besiktas to deal Gunners latest blow in pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper

Cech looks certain to be leaving Chelsea this summer after falling behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order

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Arsenal have been dealt another blow in the race to sign Petr Cech after the Chelsea goalkeeper’s agent confirmed he is in talks to join Besiktas in the summer.

The Gunners already faced a difficult task to land the 32-year-old given that their London rivals would be hugely reluctant to see Cech head to the Emirates after 10 years of loyal service at Stamford Bridge.

But with the Czech Republic international set to be available in the summer after falling behind Thibaut Courtois in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order, he is likely to be hottest property on the goalkeeper market.


Arsene Wenger is likely to try and sign a goalkeeper in the summer, especially after David Ospina’s error on Monday gifted Swansea a 1-0 victory while doubts remain over Wojciech Szczesny’s future beyond the end of the season.

But in a remarkable revelation, Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar has confirmed that he is already in talks to move to Turkey after Besiktas made contact regarding a transfer.

Cech looks set to leave in the summer

"We have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks,” Kolar told Turkish website Fanatik. “Turkey is a choice for Cech but we will decide when the league is over."

He would find familiar company at Besiktas were he to complete a move, with former Blues striker Demba Ba currently turning out for the Turks.