Wednesday 21 February 2018

Arsenal close in on Petr Cech after Mourinho admits 'it's out of my hands'

Petr Cech's 11-year stay at Chelsea could be coming to an end
Petr Cech's 11-year stay at Chelsea could be coming to an end

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his hands are tied and that he can't stop Petr Cech from joining Arsenal in the summer.

The Gunners continue to be linked with a move for the Czech international and are said to be confident they will sign the goalkeeper.

Mourinho said after Chelsea's 3-0 defeat at West Brom that he cannot stand in his way.

"If it’s in my hands, he would never go," he said. "He would never go to big clubs and fantastic teams, big candidates who want to win the Premier League.

"I would never let him go, but it’s not in my hands."

Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for Cech.

Theo Walcott, meanwhile, is still not close to agreeing fresh terms at the Emirates.

Walcott, who played a big part in Arsenal's equaliser against Man Utd at the weekend, has a year left on his contract but has missed large parts of the season due to injury.

"I can't give you an update on the contract situation," he said following that draw at Old Trafford.

"I just want to continue playing my football and we will see where it takes me at the end of the season."

Arsenal, meanwhile, have beaten United to the signing of French youngster Yassin Fortune - according to France Football magazine.

The 16-year-old Lens midfielder is said to have agreed a three-year deal with Arsene Wenger’s side.

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