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Petr Cech: Goalkeeper given the go-ahead to sign for Arsenal or Manchester United

Chelsea have given goalkeeper Petr Cech permission to leave the club this summer after owner Roman Abramovich overruled his manager Jose Mourinho on the decision.

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The Czech Republic international is unsettled at Stamford Bridge after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois at the start of the season, with the Belgian youngster looking impressive as the new number one.

Still, Cech remains one of the most highly regarded keepers in world football, and could now be on the move to another big club as Arsenal and Manchester United show a strong interest in his services, according to the Daily Star.

The 33-year-old would make a fine upgrade on Wojciech Szczesny or David Ospina at the Emirates Stadium, while United could be about to lose David de Gea to Real Madrid and would need a replacement.

Abramovich is happy for Cech to leave, even if Mourinho has been keen to keep him as a backup instead of losing him to a rival.

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