Chelsea Handed Transfer Boost As Mourinho Closes In On 3rd Summer Signing
Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of of a Bosnian international as Jose Mourinho closes in on making his third signing of the summer.
With the summer transfer window finally open for business, managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads ahead of next season so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Chelsea close in on Asmir Begovic…
Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Asmir Begovic as Stoke City are closing in on the signing of Shay Given which will pave the way for the Bosnian to complete his move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Mirror.
The Blues are on the look out for another goalkeeper to replace Petr Cech following his move to Arsenal last week and Begovic has emerged as a key target for Jose Mourinho in recent days.
The Guardian reported last week that the Premier League champions had set their sights on the Bosnian star and were lining-up a fresh offer after seeing their opening £6m bid rejected by Stoke City.
Begovic has one year left on his contract so the Potters aren’t in a strong bargaining position but the Mirror claim they want around £9m for the player, so it looks like Chelsea will have to up their bid if they want to land the 28-year-old this summer.
But they’ve been handed a real boost as it looks like Shay Given is on the verge of moving to the Britannia Stadium as Begovic’s replacement, so his arrival would clear the way for the former Portsmouth player to move to Stamford Bridge.
The Express claim that Given is having his medical with Stoke today so his move should be wrapped-up fairly soon, and with the Veteran stopper likely to act as understudy to Jack Butland next season, Begovic would be free to join Chelsea once they agree a fee.
If the Blues can get a deal agreed, I think Begovic will be an excellent signing as he’ll provide experienced back-up for No.1 Thibaut Courtois next season after proving to be one of the most consistent keepers in the division since moving to Stoke in 2010.
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