Wouldn’t Cech and Walcott walking require replacements in summer 2019?
Can’t see Cech being much use after 2019 when he’ll be 37. That’d probably be a good time for him to retire.
And letting a 30 year old Walcott go for free wouldn’t be a big worry either. The alternative of giving him a decent contract until he’s 33 worries me more.
The point of tying players down is not to lose them to other clubs but even Monreal I’d say would most likely not be a huge loss or in high demand at 33. Players like that should be evaluated in their final few months rather than committed to now. Sagna at 31 got a good offer from City that I’d doubt would have been offered to a 33 year old Sagna.
I’m more worried with the precedent set by a £180k offer for Chamberlain. Your Ramsey and Welbeck types could be asking for the same kind of wage Chamberlain is worth and if the club says he’s worth £180k then there could be trouble.