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Petr Cech "accepts reduced offer" to join Arsenal

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Premier League winner on his way to Arsenal
Premier League winner on his way to Arsenal

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech looks set to be allowed to complete a move to Arsenal in the coming days, after he reportedly turned down a bigger offer to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

Cech made it clear to Chelsea officials that he did not want to leave London as his family are settled in the English capital and he did not want his children to be moved from their schools.

While Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho stated he would have blocked Cech's hopes of moving to title rivals Arsenal, the keeper who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2004 successfully argued that he had earned the right to decide his next career move.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich appears to have played a key role in allowing Cech to remain in the capital, with Mourinho hinting the Blues owner is keen to reward players who have offered his club good service down the years.

The signing of Cech will be a major coup for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, with David Ospina reported to be the keeper who will make way for the arrival of the four-time Premier League winner. 

There must also be doubts over the future of Wojciech Szczesny at Arsenal, with the Polish keeper stating his discontent after he was dropped to the bench last season.