Premier League Champions Chelsea are leading the race to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to the London Evening Standard.
The London outfit have been eyeing for Petr Cech’s replacement who recently left the Stamford Bridge side for Arsenal.
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The veteran stopper joined the Gunners after having a struggling season. With the departure of Cech Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen to sign a new stopper and the latest reports claim that Stoke City’s Begovic is likely to be the next deal for the Blues.
The reports also revealed that Manchester United have also been keeping tabs on him.
The London Evening Standard believe that the agreement has been reached and soon the player will be moving for the medical. A four year deal with £75k-a-week wage is currently in progress, as per the reports.
While Chelsea’s initial bid which was around £6 million was rejected by Stoke, according to Daily Star. But the Evening Standard believe that the recent £8 million deal has been accepted.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina star has made more than 170 appearances for the Potters since his move from Portsmouth in 2010.
The 28-year-old will definitely have to fight Thibaut Courtois for the first team role if he joins Chelsea.
Columnist: Stevan Jones