EXCLUSIVE | By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Petr Cech is set to meet Chelsea officials on Monday for showdown talks about his future, Football Insider sources understand.
The goalkeeper is expected to tell the Premier League champions that he wants to leave Stamford Bridge and join Arsenal this summer.
As revealed by Football Insider, the FA Cup holders have already agreed personal terms with Cech after being given permission by Chelsea to hold talks with the Czech international.
The 33-year-old 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 Gunners remain wary that Chelsea could still pull the plug on their move for Cech, but the there is a growing sense that he will be given the green light at Monday’s meeting to move to a club of his own choosing.
Arsenal are then expected to make a formal bid for the goalkeeper.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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 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.