EXCLUSIVE | By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal expect to be given the green light from Chelsea to sign Petr Cech within the next 48 hours, Football Insider sources understand.
The goalkeeper met Stamford Bridge officials on Monday and informed the club of his intention to switch to Arsenal this summer.
Football Insider understands Chelsea assured Cech he can move to a club of own choosing despite Jose Mourinho’s reluctance to strengthen a rival team.
Arsenal have not yet been given the go-ahead by Chelsea to make a formal move although that is expected to come in the next few days.
This will pave the way for Arsene Wenger’s team to table an £11million bid for Cech and seal a deal that could be completed by the end of next week.
As revealed by Football Insider, the FA Cup holders have already agreed personal terms with the 33-year-old after being given permission by Chelsea to hold talks with the player.
The Czech international has also taken the step of reserving London school places for his children in a clear sign that he expects to push through a move to Arsenal.
The north Londoners opened discussions with Chelsea last month about what would be a rare deal between the rivals. There is also interest from Manchester United, but it is understood that Cech wants to remain in London.
Cech’s camp are confident that the final hurdle to a deal has been cleared and Chelsea will not now stand in the goalkeeper’s way out of respect for his considerable achievements during his 11 years at Stamford Bridge, in which he has won every major honour.
Mourinho has claimed that he is powerless to prevent the Czech international moving to north London, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich believed to have told the goalkeeper he can choose his destination.
Football Insider understands that Arsenal and Cech’s representatives have agreed the terms of a three-year contract worth more than £100,000-a-week.
Cech has 12 months remaining on his contract but spent most of last season on the sidelines after losing his No1 status to Thibaut Courtois.
Arsene Wenger is keen to pull off one of the headline signings of the summer amid both doubts over the future of Wojciech Szczesny and current first choice David Ospina’s long-term ability to be the No1.