Arsene Wenger is waiting for Petr Cech to indicate whether Arsenal have a realistic chance of securing his signature before proceeding with plans to sign the Chelsea goalkeeper this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners boss is keen to take the 32-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, but is well aware that the Blues will be reluctant to sell to a direct Premier League rival.
Cech is free to leave Stamford Bridge for upwards of £10 million after revealing last week that he has no intention of spending another season as back-up to first-choice stopper Thibaut Courtois in west London.
Jose Mourinho would ideally like to keep both of his world-class custodians, but accepts the Chelsea veteran’s desire to secure more regular first-team action – something that can no longer be afforded to him after the rise of the talented Belgian.
Arsenal would be willing to offer Cech that opportunity across the capital, and qualification for next season’s Champions League will go some way to convincing the Czech Republic international to switch allegiances in the English top-flight.
However, Wenger will wait for the green light from the player himself before stepping up Arsenal’s pursuit to avoid the risk of wasting valuable time and effort in the forthcoming transfer window.
The goalkeeping position has been a constant problem for the Gunners in recent years with Wojciech Szczesny failing to ever really convince he has what it takes to be the club’s long-term number one.
He’s lost his place in the side in north London to summer signing David Ospina, but the former Nice man hasn’t been much more assuring between the sticks either.
Cech’s arrival in north London would significantly strengthen the Arsenal squad, and could go some way to helping them challenge for the Premier League title next season.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why Mourinho would prefer not to let the Chelsea legend link up with the Gunners, but out of respect for everything he has given to the club over the past decade he would be wrong to stand in Cech’s way.
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