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Chelsea goalkeeper could make Manchester United move

United face competition from Arsenal for Petr Čech.

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We can say with increasing certainty that David de Gea will be leaving Manchester United in the summer, though the question of who will replace the Spaniard -- if not Victor Valdés -- remains an open one. Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris had been the favourite, and according to Mark Ogden in the Telegraph today, Louis van Gaal is "an admirer of the vastly-experienced France captain."

However, in the same report, the oft-accurate Ogden suggests that the Premier League's resident scrum cap aficionado Petr Čech could be the chosen one. The Czech international, who is about to turn 33, is apparently free to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after he lost his place in the Blues' first team to pesky upstart Thibaut Courtois, and has been heavily linked to Arsenal too.

Certainly, Čech's not the exciting signing we'd have hoped would replace de Gea, but he'd be available for a nominal transfer fee and could still have a few very good seasons in him yet. Remember, the last goalkeeper to win the Champions League with United, Edwin van der Sar, didn't join the club until he was 34, and even then went on to play well for six years.