Arsene Wenger is ready to make Petr Cech the highest paid goalkeeper in Arsenal's history in what would constitute a pay rise for the Chelsea star, reports The Telegraph.
The Czech Republic international has told Chelsea that he wishes to move across London to the Emirates and, despite the manager's wishes, owner Roman Abramovich has given the all-clear.
But while a proposed deal is within touching distance, Wenger wants to make sure it goes through without a hitch and is willing to offer Cech a pay rise as a result.
The 33-year-old currently enjoys a healthy £90,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge but will be offered a six-figure weekly salary at Arsenal, joining an elite band of players to be earning over £100,000-a-week.
Only Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez earn over the mark while Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey are believed to be close to the mark. If and when Cech signs, he will be by far the club's highest earning goalkeeper ever.
While there has also been interest from both Manchester United and PSG, Cech wants to remain in London where his wife and children are settled. He is also intent on breaking the all0-time Premier League clean sheet record.
With a three-year deal believed to be on the table, personal terms will be something of a formality and the biggest remaining obstacle will be that of Arsenal and Chelsea agreeing a fee.
Mourinho has hinted that he would want one of Arsenal's players in return with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in his eye line.
However, Wenger has already rejected that suggestion outright and would prefer a straight cash deal of around £10m.
Five years of glory
That will be the most Arsenal have ever paid for a goalkeeper and, at 33-years-old and with 12 months on his contract, seems to be a large premium.
But Cech is confident he can keep playing at the highest level for at least another five years, which would surely be enough to give Wenger a world-class goalkeeper for the remaining years of his Arsenal tenure.
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