Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The 33-year old struggled to break into the Chelsea side last season,with young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois usurping the former Czech Republic international as first-choice goalkeeper for the Blues.
Manchester United had been rumoured as a possible destination for the Champions League winning goalkeeper, but it seems that the player would prefer to stay in London and has his heart set on a move to Arsenal.
United fans may be somewhat disappointed to hear of Cech’s decision, with the 33-year-old seen as an ideal replacement for David de Gea should he leave the club.
Cech represents a calm, collected and intelligent individual and a move to United would hold shades of similarity between that and Edwin van Der Sar’s transfer in 2005.
However, with a deal unlikely to happen, supporters will want to be reassured that the United hierarchy have a practical solution to replace de Gea if he leaves Old Trafford.
Some fans have argued that Victor Valdes is not of the required quality to be United’s first-choice goalkeeper which, along with Louis van Gaal‘s previous comments, has led to rumours of Bernd Leno and Hugo Lloris joining the club.
Regardless of what happens, if De Gea does leave the club, figures behind the scenes at Old Trafford may be frustrated that such an inexpensive and quality option such as Cech was able to slip through their fingers and sign for one of their direct rivals.