Chelsea Close In On Signing Cech’s Replacement
Cech’s departure has left room for a new second-choice keeper, with Thibaut Courtois as the main man in between the poles.
The Blues made a £6-million bid earlier this week for the Stoke City goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, which was rejected by the club.
Chelsea are however closing in on the Potters’ goalkeeper with a new improved bid of £8 million and are confident of reaching a deal for the 28 year-old GK by the end of this week, according to sources.
With the player entering his final 12 months until his contract expires, Stoke are now preparing to sell Begovic, and Chelsea are leading the race to sign him.
Earlier, Aston Villa had also made a rejected bid for Begovic after which Chelsea came in with a bigger bid.
Stoke were keen on retaining their goalkeeper, but Bosnian has his heart set on a move to Chelsea even if that means being their second-choice keeper, reports The Mirror. And now with Chelsea ready to pay the tagged amount of £8 million, Stoke are losing the battle to retain the Bosnia-Herzegovina international.
Stoke City boss, Mark Hughes, and chief executive, Tony Scholes’ attempts to convince their star goalkeeper to stay don’t seem to work either.
Even the former Chelsea GK, Carlo Cudicini, has shown his support to the keeper’s decision of joining Chelsea as their second-choice keeper, and the former Blues had following to say about the transfer:
“If you are a goalkeeper that wants to prove himself, it’s a club where you can definitely be tested.
“The season is long; you have a lot of games to play. It happened last year with Petr Cech. He ended up playing around 15 games. So you have space and time to show the ability and your skill, so why not (go there)?”
Source – Mirror
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