The dotting of the i's and crossing of the t's seems to have been going on for some time. Petr Cech has supposedly decided his future and chosen Arsenal many days ago now. Arsenal are shopping David Ospina and have already let their goalkeeper coach leave, too, to make room for Cech's personal favorite Christophe Lollichon. It would seem that while Chelsea aren't the happiest bunnies in all this, we (and Roman Abramovich, specifically) are allowing our legendary goalkeeper free reign to choose his next destination, even if that happens to be one of our closest title rivals. Though the talk of a £4m "gift" is a bit sensationalist; hardly that uncommon to pay severance and could just basically be a loyalty bonus.
Arsenal of course weren't alone in their interest in Cech. Manchester United were often mentioned, though many claim they're more likely to go after Hugo Lloris should David de Gea leave for Real Madrid. Paris Saint-Germain were another option, one where Cech would offer a more marginal upgrade over Salvatore Sirigu, but an upgrade nonetheless. But despite rumors of a massive pay packet in Paris, Cech opted to stay in London. Inter Milan were on the fringes of the whole thing, but were hardly a realistic option thanks to a lack of top level, European football on offer. Regardless, Cech's agent was asked to comment on the supposed Inter links earlier this weekend.
"I have heard so many rumours in recent weeks about a possible landing place for Petr, but these do not correspond to reality."
"He is a possible Handanovic replacement a long time ago? No, at that time there was never any contact with the Nerazzurri, they were just rumours. I cannot therefore say if Inter would be a welcome destination, we never talked about this."
Like a good agent, Kolar doesn't burn any bridges, but I think we can safely rule out Internazionale from contention for the foreseeable future. But what about Arsenal, which is quite clearly a welcome destination for Cech?
"No, I cannot say too much on this. I would like to know too [if Cech's moving to Arsenal]."
Nice try. Agents gonna agent.
Probably too late to hope that Cech doesn't actually end up at Arsenal at this point, though perhaps we can troll them a bit by delaying further and maybe pressing on those player exchange demands, however unrealistic they may be, for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.