Petr Cech will ask Chelsea to let him join Arsenal this summer, reports Goal.
The goalkeeper is set to bring an end to a trophy-laden 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge after he failed to win his first-team place back off Thibaut Courtois.
A number of Europe's biggest clubs have shown an interest in Cech and Jose Mourinho is hoping to send him abroad where he would do no damage to Chelsea's Premier League title chances.
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But the 33-year-old has been impressed with Arsenal's continued interest in acquiring his services and is attracted by the prospect of not having to uproot his family and remain in London.
He will ask Chelsea to repay his services to the club by granting him permission to sign for the Gunners, who are ready to pay him £120,000-a-week, even if it means boosting Arsene Wenger's Premier League title bid.
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Manchester United interest
That is bad news for Manchester United, who have been monitoring the Czech Republic international's situation as they struggle to keep David de Gea from Real Madrid's clutches.
Louis van Gaal had placed Cech on a shortlist of potential replacements but it seems the battle has been lost to Arsenal before it has even begun.
Mourinho has already hinted that he would rather force Cech to see out the remaining 12 months of his contract than sell him to a club like Arsenal.
“If it was me, if it was my decision, the decision is Petr to stay. That’s it. It would be my decision for Petr to stay."
However, Roman Abramovich has reportedly granted Cech the privilege of choosing his next club as thanks for all the good things he has done since joining in 2004.
Mourinho said: “One thing is Jose Mourinho and another is Mr Abramovich, and another thing is the board, because the board is a little bit of me and a little bit of other people.
“If it was me, if it was my decision, the decision is Petr to stay. That’s it. It would be my decision for Petr to stay. Even against his will? Yes.
“For me, decision number one, Petr will stay. After that, second point, to go but not in England. The option I don’t want is for him to go to an English club."
Any deal is still uncertain and continued interest from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain will certainly leave Mourinho hopeful of sending Cech across the channel as opposed to across London.
A key signing for Arsenal
Chelsea will demand £15m for Cech, which considering his age, 33, and the fact he could leave for free next summer, is excessive.
However, with Arsenal so close to having a squad capable of challenging for the title, Wenger has to pull out all the stops to sign Cech. He could be the game changer that transforms Arsenal from pretenders to contenders.
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