Battle to sign Begovic heats up

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is set to leave this summer with a host of clubs interested in signing the Bosnian.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a long-term admirer of Begovic and with Petr Cech joining Arsenal. It is believed that Mourinho wants the 28-year-old Stoke goalkeeper to replace him.

Another club linked with Begovic is Aston Villa with American Brad Guzan out-of-favour with Tim Sherwood.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has seemingly prepared for Begovic’s departure with highly-rated Jack Butland making three appearances at the end of last season.

Asmir Begovic’s club after the summer transfer window:

Chelsea – 1/2

Stoke – 5/1

Aston Villa – 8/1