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PSG keen to beat Arsenal to Petr Cech signing

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Cech closing in on a decision on his future
Cech closing in on a decision on his future

Petr Cech has held talks with Chelsea officials after it has emerged that the Premier League champions have told their second choice keeper that they want to sell him to Paris Saint-Germain and NOT Arsenal.

Cech had confirmed that he would prefer to remain in London and is keen to join Arsene Wenger's Gunners, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Blues officials are keen to avoid strengthening one of their chief Premier League rivals.

With PSG agreeing to fund a deal to sign Cech and pay his lavish wage demands, a move to the French capital is viewed as the ideal scenario by his current employers, who have also been contacted by Manchester United over Cech's availability.

Yet Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that club owner Roman Abramovich will have the final say on Cech's future and he may be tempted to agree to the demands of the player who has been at Chelsea since 2004 to remain in London.

"You have to accept any decision that the owner will have in relation to Petr, but I am different," Mourinho said last week.

"I have the same respect for Petr that everyone at the club has, but my answer [if he can join Arsenal] would be no-way, but if he answer is different, then I will accept.

"My answer is not important to this question because the owner is a person with the perspective that I admire a lot. He respects people who do important things for him and since 2004 to 2014-15, he has given great service to the club, unbelievable behaviour."

Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeping coach Cech's goalkeeping coach Cristophe Lollichon has offered these views on the future of the former Chelsea No.1.

"His family like England and a player is happy when his family is happy," Lollichon said on French radio station RMC. 

"He want to stay in England, but I don't know where are the discussions. The Premier League is his primary objective. But it will also depends on the conditions.

"The advantage is that Arsenal is a top club, with a philosophy that pleases him and that is at London. It is a base for consideration. Tottenham? I do not think they have the same ambitions as Arsenal. Petr wants to break a record of the clean sheets in the Premier League.

"At 33, he still has at least three or four excellent seasons at the high level. Much is said about him at PSG, but the problem is that when you have evolved in England, Ligue 1 seems light compared to what Petr has experienced."