complete an £11million swoop
for Petr Cech by the end of next
And in a further boost, Theo
Walcott looks likely to commit
his long-term future to the club
following positive talks over a
new deal.
But it is the potential capture
of goalkeeper Cech that will
excite Gunners supporters.
Sportsmail understands that
Arsene Wenger is growing
increasingly confident of
concluding a deal to sign the
Czech Republic shot-stopper
this summer.
Arsenal have already made a
formal enquiry to Chelsea about
a move for Cech, but talks will
accelerate next week.
The Gunners have remained
United set to
lodge £40m bid
for Harry Kane
sceptical over Chelsea’s willingness
to sell the four-time Premier League
winner to them given their rivalry.
But Arsenal have received
encouragement that the Blues will
allow, albeit reluctantly, Cech to
move across London.
Next week’s discussions will
centre around finalising a transfer
fee. Chelsea are demanding a
minimum of £10million for Cech.
And, if expected, that issue
is resolved then the goalkeeper
should complete a move to the
Emirates Stadium.
Paris Saint-Germain have also
made a formal enquiry for the
33-year-old, but Cech’s preference
is to join the Gunners so not to
uproot his family who are settled in
His intention was always to play
in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Iceland before deciding
his future.
And with that clash out of the
way, Cech will look to confirm
his next destination as quickly
as possible with Arsenal the firm
favourites to win the race for his
Chelsea manager Jose
Mourinho has always
maintained he wants
Cech, who lost the No
1 jersey to Thibault
Courtois last season,
to stay at Stamford
Bridge, but privately
the Portuguese will not
stand in the keeper’s way given his
outstanding service to the club.
Arsenal’s pursuit of Cech raises
serious question marks over
Wojciech Szczesny and David
Ospina’s futures in north London.