The Blues look set to lose their No.2 goalkeeper this summer following his season as Thibaut Courtois’ back-up, with Arsenal believed to be leading the race for the 33-year-old.
Although Cech is Jose Mourinho’s alternative stopper, the London club are keen to draft in a replacement to provide cover for their Belgian glovesman, and reports suggest that discussions with Begovic are underway.
The 27-year-old is a proven Premier League performer, with his five years at the Britannia Stadium having coincided with the Potters’ emergence as top-level regulars.
He’s likely to be able to supply Courtois with an adequate challenge, and the club want a deal lined up before they grant Cech permission to leave.
Convincing Begovic to give up guaranteed playing time for a bench role may be tricky, but Chelsea are willing to give the Bosnian a lucrative salary and the promise of a similar amount of action as Cech was given last term – the Czech ace played 16 times.