Petr Cech's prospective summer move away from Chelsea has moved a significant step towards reality after his agent confirmed he has permission to negotiate with interested parties.
The Czech Republic international has spent ten successful years at Stamford Bridge, but his 11th has been something of a disappointment.
Despite being considered one of the top goalkeepers in the world, Jose Mourinho opted to bring the upcoming Thibaut Courtois back from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid.
Courtois walked straight into the No.1 jersey, leaving Cech to play second fiddle. Now 32, Cech is keen to move away from west London where he can seal one last big contract at another club.
Out of respect for what he has achieved as a Blue, Mourinho and owner Roman Abramovich are not standing in his way the Stamford Bridge exit door, so much so that they have given Cech permission to start speaking to other clubs.
"Petr has a valid contract with his current club, however, I can confirm that we have been permitted by Chelsea to negotiate with interested parties," Viktor Kolar told TalkSport.
As a world-class goalkeeper, Cech will have no shortage of suitors with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool all believed to be interested.
However, there is still some doubt over interest from Arsenal. The Gunners are direct Premier League rivals of Chelsea and Mourinho would hate to see such a talented player head for the Emirates.
But it seems that Cech will be allowed to join whoever he wants and now Arsene Wenger can enter contract talks with his top summer transfer target.
Reports have suggested that Arsenal will offer Cech a three-year deal that matches his current £120,000-a-week wages and will give Chelsea £10m for their trouble.
That is a lot of money for a 32-year-old goalkeeper with just one-year left on his contract, but Wenger sees Cech as a potential game changer for Arsenal.
More importantly, Arsenal can offer Cech a chance to remain in London where his family are settled. No other club in the capital have the resources to make him such an offer.
It seems Cech could be on the move very soon. Should Chelsea allow him to leave for Arsenal?
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