This is according to the Daily Star, who understand that Cech is determined to play first-team football again after being relegated to the subs’ bench at Stamford Bridge following the return of Thibaut Courtois last summer.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would prefer to keep Cech, but may reluctantly allow the model-professional Czech Republic international to depart with his best wishes.
Would Mourinho sell to Wenger?
Whether the revered Portuguese coach would agree to sell directly to Arsenal, and specifically Wenger, however is a different matter. The relationship between the two managers hit new lows last season, and Mourinho may still regard the Gunners as direct rivals despite Wenger’s side’s below-par campaign up to now.
Arsenal were encouraged to make a move for Cech by the goalkeeper’s agent, Viktor Kolar, who recently stated: “I think Arsenal should have made an offer to him.
“I think Petr would be considering it.”
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Szczesny set for axe
And it seems the Gunners are poised to act on Kolar’s advice, by submitting a formal offer for the Premier League great, who would prefer to stay in London - where he and his family feel settled - rather than move to an overseas club.
Meanwhile Szczesny, who produced two howlers in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against Southampton on New Year’s Day, is set to be dropped to the bench in favour of Colombia international David Ospina for today’s FA Cup third round tie against Hull City.