Petr Cech’s transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal is nearing completion after a fee was finally agreed on Tuesday evening.
The official Sky Sports Twitter account broke the news that the Gunners and the Pensioners have concluded negotiations on a deal worth a reported £10.9 million.
BREAKING: Sky Sources: Arsenal agree £10.9m fee with Chelsea for Petr Cech. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 23, 2015
Cech is set to end his 11-year stay with the West London outfit, where he will surely go down as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the club’s history.
The 33-year-old won every single major club honour available to him with the Blues and claimed a fourth Premier League winner’s medal last season.
He lost his status as the undisputed number one at the club at the beginning of last season as Blues boss Jose Mourinho decided to install young Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois as his first choice between the sticks.
His imminent move to the Emirates Stadium will represent an excellent piece of business for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners will now have a world-class keeper in their side for the first time in a long while.
However, the transfer fee may raise some eyebrows, with Wenger eschewing his typical transfer-market caution to splash almost £11 million on a goalkeeper. While Cech remains an excellent performer, and will contribute experience to the Gunners’ defence, his age and the fact he may have some ring rust after making only six EPL starts last term, add an element of risk to the transfer.
Cech is likely to replace David Ospina in the squad-the Colombian appears to be on the brink of a move to Fenerbahce [TalkSPORT]-while he will surely usurp Wojciech Szczesny as the Gunners’ No. 1.