Bournemouth have had a £10m offer for Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic rejected, but a transfer has not been ruled out, according to The Telegraph.
What’s the story?
The Bosnian international has struggled for first-team action at Stamford Bridge, having made just four appearances in all competitions.
Thibaut Courtois’s position as first-choice stopper seems to be unwavering, and as a result, Bournemouth have tried to tempt Chelsea into selling their backup.
The Telegraph reports that Blues manager Antonio Conte would prefer to keep hold of Begovic, as he is a decent option in the event that Courtois suffers an injury during the team’s Premier League title bid.
However, the publication also states that due to Begovic being widely respected at the club, a transfer will be granted if he chooses to leave.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth may have been knocked back initially, but they reportedly still have hope of signing the 29-year-old before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month.
Is this the ideal move for Begovic?
The Bosnian has been sitting on the bench for the best part of a season and a half, but he would be guaranteed first-team action at the Vitality Stadium.
The shot-stopper is also no stranger to the South Coast, having spent five years playing for Portsmouth before joining Stoke City in 2010.
From Bournemouth’s point of view, they would have an experienced Premier League goalkeeper at the helm, which could prove to be vital if they get dragged into a relegation battle.
The Cherries can also feel encouraged in their pursuit of Begovic given that they have had transfer dealings with the division’s top clubs before.
In fact, they already have a good relationship with Chelsea after they had Nathan Ake on loan for a short spell this season.