Jose Mourinho insists he’s wants a transfer swap deal with Manchester United if Petr Cech leaves

by Robbie Dunne

Jose Mourinho has issued a warning to any team that might be looking to poach Petr Cech from Chelsea.

Petr Cech has played 333 times for Chelsea having signed for the London club in 2004 from Rennes in France’s Ligue 1.

Belgian starlet Thibaut Courtois returned from a loan spell at Atletico Madrid at the start of last season and instantly took the starting job from Cech, who is now eyeing a move in order to guarantee first team football.

Cech has indicated that he would like to remain in London but Manchester United might be in the market for a goalkeeper due to the ongoing transfer saga involving David de Gea. Arsenal could also be interested in the player according to reports.

Mourinho, speaking at the launch of BT Sport, insisted he could easily target an opposition player in return for Cech in an effort to complicate a possible deal.

He said: “The owner is the owner, he is the person with the perspective I admire a lot, respect a lot. He respects a lot of people who do important things for him. Since 2004 to 2014-15, 10 years of success with the club, 10 years of unbelievable behaviour.

“I will have to accept any decision that the owner has. I’m different. I have the same respect for Petr that everybody at the club has, but my answer would be no way. If the answer is different I will accept that.

“Perhaps. Perhaps. But if every club that is interested in Petr, I can find a player that I like in that team too.”

Petr Cech

With David de Gea reportedly telling United that he wants a move to Real Madrid, Louis van Gaal could be left quite thin at the goalkeeping position.

Van Gaal also has Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard but a player with Cech’s experience might add to the group.

It might not be an ideal situation but if De Gea leaves, the chances of finding a suitable young replacement are slim and Cech could act as a temporary solution to a more pressing problem.

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