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Petr Cech agrees terms ahead of Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has already agreed terms ahead of a move to Arsenal, according to Sky Sports.

The 33-year-old now seems certain to leave Chelsea in the summer window after falling behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge last season.

Cech, who managed six appearances in the Premier League during the 2014/15 campaign, is said to have a gentleman's agreement with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich which allows him to join a rival, and Sky report that is close to happening.

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It is reported that the Chelsea goalkeeper has agreed terms in principle with Arsenal, who have yet to begin negotiating a fee with the Blues, although an £11 million price tag has been suggested.

Boss Jose Mourinho has previously admitted he wouldn't let Cech join Arsenal if it were down to him, while also suggesting that a swap deal could be possible. The Special One is believed to be a fan of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin but that appears to be a non-starter.

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The switch to Arsenal would be ideal for Cech, whose family is settled in London. Paris Saint-Germain has been suggested as a potential location but the Chelsea man is reluctant to uproot his loved ones for the final few years of his career.

"His family like England. And a player is happy when his family is happy," said Blues goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon last week.

"He wants to stay in England, but I don't know where are the discussions. The Premier League is his primary objective. But it will also depends on the conditions. The advantage is that Arsenal is a top club, with a philosophy that pleases him and that is at London. It is a base for consideration."

Knock-on effect

Cech's impending arrival at Arsenal will of course have huge implications for Wojciech Szczesny and Davis Ospina - who spent last season battling it out for the number one spot. 

Szczesny has previously insisted that he would like to remain with the Gunners despite losing his starting spot to Ospina. Indeed it seems as though it is the Colombian who is most in danger of losing his starting spot and will be sold if Cech arrives.

Key to that decision is said to be the fact that Szczesny qualifies as a home-grown player and Wenger remains a fan, despite a handful of off-the-pitch incidents and squabbles with his father.

Opinion

Cech is almost an Arsenal player, and it is a deal that suits pretty much every party including Chelsea. Although the Blues are selling to a rival they are going to get a decent fee for a 33-year-old player, and he won't be the difference between winning or losing the title.

That is not to diminish Cech's quality; he showed in glimpses last season that he remains amongst Europe's elite. Chelsea fans will surely be sad to see him go but with thank him for his service and begrudge him a move that keeps his young family happy.

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