Arsenal have agreed terms with Chelsea for the transfer of Petr Cech subject to a medical, as reported by the BBC.
The Czech Republic international will undergo a medical at London Colney today, 26 June, before the move is announced, making him the Gunners' first signing of the summer. The report states that a fee has been agreed with Chelsea and personal terms with the player sorted out.
Cech will add some much needed experience at the back for Arsenal, who have been missing a stalwart in that position since the departure of Jens Lehmann. The German presided over Arsenal's back four in their Invincible season and is among the most decorated players in the history of the club.
Cech, who has won four league titles, four FA Cups and a European Championship with Chelsea, will be a massive upgrade on the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, with the Colombian likely to leave the club in the summer. Fenerbahce are reported to be interested in a transfer, even as the South American completed the move to the Emirates last season.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old was dropped to the bench at Chelsea where Thibaut Courtois was given precedence in the first team. The keeper made only six first team starts in the league last season, leaving him yearning for more game-time.
Moreover, Manchester United considered an offer for the goalkeeper, according to the Daily Mail, with Louis van Gaal looking for an assertive option at the back to replace David de Gea, who is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid in the summer.
However, Cech's desire to continue to stay at London made Arsenal favourites for his signature. Jose Mourinho was vehemently against the move and wanted to sell the player abroad or keep him on the bench than strengthen a league rival.
However, owner Roman Abramovich wanted to reward Cech for his services to the club with a move of his choice, thus overruling Mourinho's wish and allowing the veteran to continue his stay in London and in the Champions League with Arsenal.