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Chelsea ready to replace Petr Cech with Rob Green

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Chelsea will allow Petr Cech to complete a £14m deal to Arsenal and are working on a deal for Robert Green to replace him.

That is according to the Daily Star's chief football writer David Woods, who says the Gunners have fended off the likes of Manchester United and PSG to sign the Czech Republic international.

Roman Abramovich has gone against the wishes of Jose Mourinho and allowed Cech, who has spent 11-years at Stamford Bridge, to decide his next destination.

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With his family settled in London and Arsenal in desperate need on a new No.1, the Emirates seemed the perfect destination.

Arsenal will be allowed to complete the deal, but Chelsea will first look to replace the 33-year-old with the Queens Park Rangers veteran.

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Settling for second best

Green is a shock choice for a club of Chelsea's stature with Mourinho believed to have been looking for a more established option like Stoke City's Asmir Begovic.

But as the Special One found out with Cech, few goalkeepers will sacrifice guaranteed first team football to play second fiddle to a goalkeeper like Thibaut Courtois.

John Ruddy of Norwich City was also a target for Chelsea, but, again, the Englishman would prefer the No.1 jersey at Carrow Road than a spot on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Perfect timing

At 35-years-old and an uncertain future at Loftus Road, Green is more open to the idea of a lucrative contract to see out the final seasons of what has been a successful career in English football.

QPR are also keen to trim their wage bill and Green has just 12 months left on his current deal meaning any transfer fee would be minimal.

It is a similar route taken by Mark Schwarzer, who spent two-years as back-up to Cech at Chelsea, playing just four times for the Blues in that time.

The Australian veteran had spent almost 20 years playing for Bradford, Middlesbrough and Fulham making over 550 appearances in the process so he probably welcomed the rest and lucrative contract that came with joining Chelsea.

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