Arsene Wenger wants Petr Cech to force his way to Arsenal this summer, reports The Sun.
The Chelsea goalkeeper is set to leave west London this summer after falling behind Thibaut Courtois in the hierarchy.
Jose Mourinho suggested earlier this week that he would rather keep Cech against his will than sell him to a direct Premier League rival, but there was also a suggestion from the Special One that Roman Abramovich will have the final say.
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The Russian oligarch will not like the idea of selling Cech to the Gunners either, but is reportedly ready to let the 32-year-old join whoever he wants as a show of respect for what he has achieved at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have already given Wenger the green light to launch a £10m bid and a three-year contract worth £120,000-a-week. That meets Chelsea's valuation and matches Cech's current wages.
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Forcing a move
But there is always a chance that Chelsea will block the move, however, and Wenger is all too aware of how much influence Mourinho can have over their billionaire owner.
As a result, the Gunners boss wants Cech to do all he can to make sure Chelsea accept their offer. If that means agitating his way out of the club then so be it.
Cech is believed to prefer a move to Arsenal simply because he would not have to uproot his family, who are settled in London. However, he will not make a final decision until Chelsea's season is complete.
Arsenal themselves have a busy end to the season. They must first seal a place in the top three by avoiding defeat to Manchester United on Sunday and will then contest an FA Cup final against Aston Villa.
For Arsenal, signing Cech could be the difference between them challenging for the Premier League title and simply making the top four.
David Ospina has been impressive since become Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper in January, but his lack of world-class quality was evident in the 1-0 loss to Swansea City.
At 6ft, there are question marks over whether the Colombian is tall enough to become the world-class goalkeeper Arsenal need. Cech remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world and should be considered a key signing for the Gunners.
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