Chelsea will reportedly allow goalkeeper Petr Cech to choose his next destination, which means they are ready to let him join a direct rival in the Premier League.
Manchester United and Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the Czech Republic stopper, and are ready to battle it out for his signature following approval from the Blues, according to the Telegraph.
Cech, who is currently with the Czech national team as they prepare for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Iceland on 12 June, has indicated that he will discuss his future following the game, but made it clear that he is looking for an exit from Stamford Bridge after spending a season as Thibaut Courtois' deputy.
Jose Mourinho is reluctant to sell the 'keeper, who has served Chelsea with distinction for the last decade, and won every major club honour since his arrival in 2004. The Portuguese manager is now resigned to lose the player, and was hoping that he could convince the former Rennes stopper to move abroad rather than a direct rival.
But the report claims that Roman Abramovich, who has a special relationship with Cech, is ready to grant him his wish of joining the club of his choice due to his loyalty and dedication to the club in the last decade.
Arsene Wenger has distanced himself from a move for the Czech international, but the Gunners continue to be linked with a move for the stopper, who will give them more solidity at the back with his vast experience.
Cech's arrival will signal the end of the road for Wojciech Szczesny, who has fallen out of favour with the French manager, who has preferred David Ospina as his number one since the turn of the year.
On the other hand, Louis van Gaal is looking for a top quality goalkeeper, as United are resigned to losing David de Gea, who is inching closer to a move to Real Madrid, as the Spanish capital club look for a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.
However, it is believed that the north London club will hold the advantage as Cech will prefer to remain in London, as his family is well settled in the city and reports suggest that he has told Chelsea of his desire to move to the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea are already lining up replacements for the Czech stopper, with Queens Park Rangers' Rob Green and Stoke City's Asmir Begovic touted to be the possible deputies to Courtois next season.