Are Chelsea and Arsenal set for huge £100,000-a-week swap deal?

Chelsea and Arsenal could be set to make the biggest swap deal of the summer transfer window as the Blues have stepped up interest in Theo Walcott, with Petr Cech a target for the Gunners.

Walcott will have just one year remaining on his current Arsenal deal at the end of the season and Chelsea are monitoring the situation closely, according to the Times.

At the same time, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to secure a deal for Chelsea hero Cech, who has fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order and is likely to move on this summer.

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Cech will also only have one year left on his contract at the end of the current campaign but Arsenal are waiting for official confirmation from the player that he is leaving before making an official approach, as stated by the Daily Mail.

Jose Mourinho would not be keen to sell Cech to Premier League rivals, but interest in Walcott could see the London rivals reach an agreement to swap their stars. The Blues don’t want to sell Cech for less than £10 million but Walcott’s value is higher than that so a straight-cash swap is unlikely.

Both players would be able to remain in London and would not have to take a pay cut if a swap deal was arranged.

Walcott is one of the Gunners’ highest earners as he is on around £100,000-a-week, while Cech earns around £120,000 each week but has had to settle for just four Premier League appearances this season.

It would not be the first time Chelsea and Arsenal agreed to swap key players as Ashley Cole and William Gallas swapped colours in 2006 when Mourinho and Wenger were both in charge.

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Walcott has made just three league starts this campaign after returning from an ACL injury in November, and although he would like a contract extension with the Gunners, he may be tempted by Chelsea’s interest if no deal is put in front of him.

Liverpool are also interested in Walcott and are lining him up as a possible replacement for Raheem Sterling, who could leave the club this summer as contract talks have failed to reach a conclusion yet. Chelsea are one of many clubs monitoring Sterling’s situation too.

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Cech wants first-team football and could get it at Arsenal, while Mourinho could tempt Walcott with the chance to play as a striker more often than he does with the Gunners.

Didier Drogba’s contract is up at the end of the year so the Blues will need another attacking option, and Walcott’s homegrown status is another key reason behind Chelsea’s interest.

Would a swap deal between Chelsea and Arsenal for Walcott and Cech make sense?

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