Certain Chelsea stars now believe that an agreement has been made with Arsenal over goalkeeper Petr Cech.
This has been reported by the London Evening Standard, who claim that members of the Blues squad now expect the shot-stopper to complete a move to the Gunners in the near future.
Cech, who has starred between the sticks in west London for over a decade, endured a tricky time at Stamford Bridge last season after losing his place in the first-team to talented Belgian international Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois, who previously spent three years on loan at La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid, is recognised as one of the leading young 'keepers in world football, and looks set to be the Blues' main man in goal for many years to come.
Ultimately, then, it hasn't come as a surprise that Cech looks set to depart the club, with the goalkeeper still one of the best in the division despite being 33 years of age.
And it now appears that he will stay in London and complete a move to Arsenal sooner rather than later. In fact, the Standard go on to claim that Chelsea are set to accept a bid of £14 million after previously having an offer involving versatile Gunners star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected.
There's no doubt about it, the expected deal for Cech will come as a major boost for the Gunners, as they go about overhauling the Blues at the summit of the Premier League table next term.
What a signing
In truth, there has been something missing in north London over the past couple of years, and the signature of Cech will most certainly hand Arsene Wenger's side a huge boost ahead of 2015/16.
Ultimately, despite the duo of David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny already plying their trade at the club, Cech will act as an upgrade between the sticks at the Emirates, and will no doubt win them a great deal of points throughout the course of the season.
At 33, Cech is by no means past it, and may well star as the Gunners' No.1 for the next five years. It's certainly a risk on Chelsea's part to sell the 'keeper to a direct rival, but it's probably the right thing to do after his outstanding service to the club.
One thing's for sure, Cech will leave west London as a legend, but could yet haunt them in years to come.
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