Ever since Petr Cech was sold to Arsenal, Chelsea had redoubled their efforts to buy a high-quality second choice goalkeeper. Among a whole host of shot-stoppers that were linked to the Blues, one name that was louder amongst the rest was Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic.
Jose Mourinho had made Begovic his prime target for the summer after allowing Petr Cech to join Arsenal. The 33-year-old, who joined Chelsea in 2004, was not willing to sit on the bench at the expense of Thibaut Courtois and forged an agreement with owner Roman Abramovich to sanction his transfer.
However, they are yet to decide on a fee for the 28-year-old. According to the Telegraph, Chelsea made an improved £8m bid last week to Stoke City after an initial bid of £6m was rejected by the Potters.
The goalkeeper has only a year left in his current contract and is likely to move this summer, but the Potters want a loan deal for Chelsea outcast Victor Moses along with a cash offer. The delay has caught the eye of Louis van Gaal, who will be in the market to replace David de Gea as and when the Spaniard completes a move to Real Madrid.
Begovic is expected to act as a backup to former Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés in the event of De Gea’s departure, who has only a year left in his current contract.
Therefore, Mourinho wants to get the deal done as soon as possible to not allow United to make their interest known to Begovic. Otherwise, it is likely to increase Begovic’s price in the market and also reduce Mourinho’s chances of signing the keeper.
But, since the principal source here is the Dailymail, we can also not rule out the possibility of this being just a trash talk; as there haven’t been any actual quotes, from the managers, the player or his agent. In the end, it seems that Begovic will be signing for Chelsea as, strangely, there hasn’t been any other player in contention in the last couple of days.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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