Arsenal are set to announce the signing of Chelsea star Petr Cech on Monday, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Gunners are set to sign the 33-year-old for £11 million, despite Blues boss Jose Mourinho being unhappy with the deal. The Portuguese would have prefered his goalkeeper to have gone abroad to somewhere such as PSG, but club owner Roman Abramovich has allowed the Czech Republic international to decide where he wants to go after over a decade of service.
This signing likely means that David Ospina will be leaving the Emirates, likely to Fenerbahce. talkSPORT revealed that the player’s agent has been speaking to the Turkish giants, and with Cech taking the number one spot in North London it is likely at least one of him and Wojciech Szczesny will be moved on.
Arsene Wenger had been hoping to bring the stopper’s coach Christophe Lollichon to Arsenal with his new arrival, but that is being blocked by the Stamford Bridge outfit according to the Metro. The paper thought that this could hold up the player’s transfer, but it now seems that this isn’t so.
Cech could be perfect for the Gunners as they look to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title next season. With both Ospina and Szczesny making mistakes during the last campaign their more experienced counterpart could be perfect to add an air of calm to their defence. Also, after 485 appearances for the Blues, it would be a bitter pill to swallow for the Stamford Bridge faithful if Cech then helped their London rivals to beat them to the top flight title.