Tomas Rosicky has dropped a big hint that Arsenal are leading the race to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Arsene Wenger appears to have placed Cech at the top of his transfer wish list after the 33-year-old made it clear he would leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Originally it was believed that Jose Mourinho would prevent Cech from joining the Gunners, but it is now common knowledge that Roman Abramovich is ready to let the Chelsea legend join whoever he likes.
Cech, who is also a target for Manchester United and currently earns £120,000-a-week at Chelsea, hinted that he would prefer to stay in London, which would almost certainly mean a move to Arsenal is most likely.
He told reporters ahead of Czech Republic's game against Iceland: "If I move [away from London], it brings difficulties. It must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on.
“I know some things from both sides but I will not interfere”
A big hint
Rosicky, who shares a close relationship with his international team-mate, has also hinted that Cech is pushing to join him at the Emirates ahead of next season.
“I know some things from both sides but I will not interfere,” he told Czech newspaper Daily Sport. “It could even turn against me. Both sides know what they are doing. Arsenal are a top team in the world. Players want to be transferred there, that is nothing new. It is a fantastic club.”
"When it is clearer and all the cards are on the table, we will decide”
Cech has confirmed that he is set to hold a meeting with Chelsea officials next week but also confirmed his agent is already working on potential offers.
He said: “First I have to agree with the club what the conditions would be for leaving. Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea.
“At the moment it is with my agent. When it is clearer and all the cards are on the table, we will decide.”
Ironically, Cech could be an Arsenal player next summer but Rosicky may not. The veteran midfielder has 12 months remaining on his current contract but has voiced his frustrations at not getting enough playing time.
He said recently: “Since the moment Arsene Wenger used the option in my contract, I haven’t even been on the bench.
I am laughing but it is not funny. It is frustrating but I am a professional. Even if you lose your place, you must still be prepared because the situation can change.”
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