EXCLUSIVE | By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Petr Cech has reserved London school places for his children in a clear sign that he expects to push through a move to Arsenal this summer, Football Insider understands.
The FA Cup holders have agreed personal terms with Cech after being given permission by Chelsea to hold talks with the goalkeeper.
But Arsenal fear Chelsea will pull the plug on their move for Cech, who will meet with Chelsea next week to discuss his future as he seeks the green light to move to a club of his own choosing.
The Chelsea goalkeeper has spoken of the complications for him and his family should he move outside of the capital although his public stance is that he will consider all offers and would potentially move outside of England.
“I will decide based on what for me and my family was the best and it does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France and Spain,” he said.
“Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea when the situation is clearer and all the cards are on the table. If I move, it brings difficulties. I must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on.”
Football Insider has learned that Cech has arranged school places in London this autumn for his son Damian and daughter Adela.
Arsenal are confident that Cech wants to become a Gunners player but are wary that their west London rivals will eventually refuse to grant him the move.
Sources have said that officials at Emirates Stadium do not trust their counterparts in west London following Demba Ba’s aborted move two summers ago, when Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pulled the plug at the eleventh hour due to his reluctance to strengthen a team he regarded as a title rival.
Nevertheless, Cech’s camp are confident that Chelsea will allow their long-serving goalkeeper to decide his future out of respect for his considerable achievements during his 11 years at Stamford Bridge, in which he has won every major honour.
Jose Mourinho has claimed that he is powerless to stand in the way of the Czech international moving to north London, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich believed to have told the goalkeeper he can choose his destination.
Arsenal have opened discussions with Chelsea in what would be a rare deal between the rivals although the north Londoners face competition to land Cech from Manchester United, who have identified the 33-year-old as a possible replacement for David de Gea, who is expected to move to Real Madrid this summer.
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.
The Gunners are now waiting on the green light from their west London rivals to table a formal bid.
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 doubts over the future of Wojciech Szczesny and current first choice David Ospina’s long-term ability to be the No1.
As revealed by Football Insider, Szczesny wants to quit Emirates Stadium in search of regular first-team football after losing his Premier League spot to Ospina at the turn of the year.
Liverpool have placed Szczesny on their transfer shortlist as they step up plans to sign a senior goalkeeper who can compete with Simon Mignolet for the No1 spot at Anfield.