Arsenal could complete a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in the summer - if they can persuade Roman Abramovich to sell up.
The veteran goalkeeper has been forced to play second fiddle to Thiabaut Courtois this term and has featured in just six Premier League games, prompting speculation about his futue.
Recently the 32-year-old admitted he was growing frustrated after sitting on the bench for much of the season, and Arsenal have been heavily linked with a swoop for him. Italian giants Inter Milan and Roma have both been credited with an interest as well.
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The Telegraph report that the decision over Cech's future is going right to the top of the club, with Abramovich to decide whether to let him join a rival side. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho made it clear earlier this week that he wanted Cech to stay, but admitted that if he were to leave, then a move away from England would be preferable.
"For me, decision one would be for Petr to stay. After that, second point, to go but not in England," the Special One said. "The option I don't want is for him to go to an English club. But, I repeat, I am just the manager. If the club decision is different to mine I will accept it."
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However Arsenal may have to move quickly if they are to seal a deal for Cech, with his agent confirming yesterday that talks had already begun over a move to Besiktas in the summer. Viktor Kolar said: "We have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks. Turkey is a choice for Cech but we will decide when the league is over."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger can currently call upon David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny in goal, and the Frenchman has publicly insists he's happy with his options for the time being.
I believe in the goalkeepers I have," said the Arsenal boss when quizzed about a possible move for Cech. "I believe that Wojciech Szczesny is a very good goalkeeper and David Ospina has come in and done a fantastic job.
“You look at the numbers in the Premier League and who is top of all the goalkeepers and you will see it is Ospina."
Chelsea have previously been reluctant to sell to a rival team - Mourinho blocked Demba Ba's switch to the Gunners a few seasons ago and he is even more likely to do the same for a player who would improve an Arsenal side who have performed well this season and could challenge for the title.
Cech is said to share a close relationship with Abramovich which could sway his decision, but with Arsenal gearing up for a title challenge next season, Chelsea's owner would be crazy to give the green light.
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