Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is going to give Petr Cech £4 million as a thank you for his long service when he completes a move to Arsenal, reports the Sunday People.
The 33-year-old has played 485 times for the Blues over the last eleven years, helping the side to win four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one Europa League, and one Champions League in that time. However, last season he found his place in the team taken by Thibaut Courtois, and now looks likely to be leaving this summer.
This is despite having a year left on his contract, and it is a large amount of these wages that he will be allowed to keep as a thank you. The Gunners are expected to pay around £8 million for the goalkeeper, and half of that will go to the player. It is not unusual for players to keep some of their remaining potential earnings when leaving a club, but usually it is nowhere this amount.
This is good news for the North Londoners, with it seemingly looking like the transfer is nearly done. They are in need of a new stopper after struggling along with Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina despite both making mistakes in the last campaign. The latter was also fined for smoking in the showers at one point in the season according to the Daily Mail, showing that not all is well with the Poland international at the club.