Arsenal are reportedly pushing to complete a deal to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech by the end of next week.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners have stepped up their interest in the Czech Republic stopper with Arsene Wenger keen to get the deal done sooner rather than later.
It is believed that the north London club have registered a formal request with the Premier League champions with talks expected to take place next week following the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Cech has made his intentions of quitting Stamford Bridge clear in recent months, as he does not envision himself spending another season on the bench as backup to Thibaut Courtois.
Apart from Arsenal, domestic rivals Manchester United have also been heavily linked with a move for the four-time Premier League winner, as Louis van Gaal continues his search for David De Gea's replacement, who is looking likely to join Real Madrid in the summer.
But the Czech international is reportedly keen on remaining in London, where his family is well settled putting the 12-time FA Cup champions in pole position to land his signature.
Jose Mourinho is reluctant to let him leave the club, especially to a direct rival, but is resigned to the fact that his former number one is departing the club in search of regular first team football. Moreover, the Blues' hierarchy is open to letting him join one of their rivals owing to his dedicated loyalty and performances for the club over the last decade.
The report claims that the negotiations between the two clubs next week will centre on the fee for Cech's transfer, with Chelsea demanding around £10m to part with the 'keeper.
Meanwhile, according to the Telegraph, Arsenal have reportedly made it clear to Chelsea that they will not part with any of their players to land the former Rennes goalkeeper this summer.
Earlier in the month, a report had suggested that the Blues were eyeing one of Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as part of the deal to take Cech to the Emirates Stadium, with the Portuguese manager also hinting at a possible swap deal with any interested club.