Paul Scholes feels Manchester United should sign Petr Cech from Chelsea if David de Gea does leave for Real Madrid this summer.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper has been forced out of Chelsea’s starting XI thanks to the arrival of Thibaut Courtois and his agent has confirmed he is on the lookout for another club.
A player who has won everything there is to win, Cech has a wealth of experience and you could certainly see the attraction of bringing him to Old Trafford as a De Gea replacement, something Scholes clearly feels would be the right move.
“If De Gea does go, United should sign Petr Cech,” Scholes wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“I remember the effect Edwin van der Sar had on the club when he arrived in 2005. United had struggled since Peter Schmeichel to find a really commanding goalkeeper. Fabien Barthez was the closest we got.
“Edwin came ready-made. He was a Champions League winner, he had four years’ Premier League experience with Fulham, and in the end our manager got six extremely successful years out of him.”
That ‘ready made’ factor is definitely one of the biggest attractions with Cech because United cannot afford next season to be another ‘transitional’ year, so progress has to be made.
One interesting point to note about Scholes’ comments is that they indicate he doesn’t have belief in Victor Valdes‘ ability to replace De Gea.