Chelsea in talks with experienced Prem man as star nears exit

Chelsea are in talks with Stoke’s Asmir Begovic as they look towards life without Petr Cech, according to reports from Goal.

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.

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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.