Cech for Blues, Frey for Arsenal?
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Czech Republic international Cech will remain in France until the end of the season before clinching a lucrative switch to Stamford Bridge.
"It will be June or never," commented Rennes sports director Pierre Dreossi, but talks involving agents Pini Zahavi and Paul Smith have been positive.
Dreossi is reported to have reached an agreement with the agents on an é¼11.5 million deal that will see Cech sign a five-year contract with Claudio Ranieri's side in the summer.
It represents a huge profit for the Brittany side, who paid é¼4 million for the highly-rated shot-stopper in 2002.
The developments ensure Arsenal are firm favourites to snap up Parma's unsettled number one Frey.
As reported on Friday, the Frenchman has admitted he is close to moving to London, and the only stumbling block is believed to be the asking price - around é¼15 million.
However, Parma's well-documented financial problems should allow Arsene Wenger to land his man, probably at the end of the campaign.