Asmir Begovic: Bournemouth goalkeeper could leave after fallout with Eddie Howe

Asmir Begovic: Bournemouth goalkeeper could leave after fallout with Eddie Howe

Could Asmir Begovic be set for transfer after alleged fallout with Eddie Howe?

After a reported fallout with manager Eddie Howe, could Asmir Begovic be set to leave AFC Bournemouth in the summer transfer window? The Bosnian international goalkeeper is out of favour at the Vitality Stadium, losing his place in the first team after rumours of a disagreement with Howe behind the scenes.

The 31-year-old will be keen to regain his place as the Cherries number one, but if he doesn’t then he will surely be in line for a move this summer. He is within his peak years as a goalkeeper and will not want to play second fiddle at this stage of his career, with minutes on the pitch being of paramount importance.

Begovic joined the club in 2017, signing from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. He has since gone on to make 59 league appearances for the south coast club, keeping 11 clean sheets in that time including five in the current campaign.

Eddie Howe denies ‘fallout’

Despite the reports, the Cherries manager Eddie Howe has publicly denied that there has been a fallout between him and Begovic. The 41-year-old said that their had been no bust-up, just a “chat” about recent performances, but indicating that he remained happy with the player and his performances in training.

Discussing the issue, Howe said: “There’s been no bust-up, no dispute, just a chat and a talk, and I’m very happy with where Asmir is at. He has been training excellently and that’s the main thing as far as I am concerned.”

There has been rumours of a fallout between Eddie Howe and Asmir Begovic.

The AFC Bournemouth manager also discussed Begovic’s future at the club, insisting that he personally still likes the player. After being asked whether the Bosnian still had a long-term future at the Vitality Stadium, he said: “That will be dictated by Asmir, not by me. I signed the player, I really like the player, and I’ve got a lot of respect for Asmir personally and as a goalkeeper.”

Artur Boruc has replaced Asmir Begovic

In the last few weeks Begovic has lost his place between the sticks at AFC Bournemouth, with Artur Boruc replacing him. The former Poland international has started each of the Cherries last four Premier League outings, as well as their FA Cup third round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion in early January.

He has done well too, keeping back-to-back clean sheets against West Ham United and Chelsea respectively whilst also making an impressive six saves against Liverpool at Anfield recently.

The 38-year-old has not been a regular for the south coast side since the 2016/17 season and didn’t even play a single Premier League fixture last season. The fact that he is now back in favour all of a sudden does suggest that there is some kind of disagreement behind the scenes between Howe and Begovic, despite the former denying a fallout.

Artur Boruc (left) has been keeping Asmir Begovic (right) out of the AFC Bournemouth starting line-up.

Bookmaker odds have Wolves favourites to sign Begovic

Having lost his place in the AFC Bournemouth starting line-up, there has already been speculation about a potential transfer in the summer. Indeed BetVictor are already offering odds on who the Bosnian will sign for before 2nd September 2019 and it is a fellow Premier League rival who are currently the favourites to sign him. Wolves have been installed as 3/1 leaders in the market to bring the 31-year-old in, which would be an interesting move considering how good Rui Patricio has been between the sticks in his debut season at Molineux.

The Portuguese has been excellent for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, and looks unlikely to replaced in the summer. That said, their second choice goalkeeper John Ruddy may look to leave in the next transfer window having lost his place in the side. The former Norwich City man was an ever present in their promotion winning team last season but has lost his place to Patricio, and could move on to get more minutes elsewhere.

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Could Asmir Begovic transfer to Wolves in the summer window?

That would therefore leave Wolves looking for a back-up which may be where they consider Begovic. However would he really be willing to swap being second choice at AFC Bournemouth for the same situation at Wolves? At 31-years-old he has plenty of years left in him, surely he would prefer a move which would guarantee him being first choice.

Other options according to the betting markets include a move abroad. He is 8/1 to sign for any French, German, Spanish or Italian club (individual bets), whilst a move to Manchester City is 12/1. West Ham United, Watford, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are also considered as options by BetVictor who have priced up each club with odds of 16/1.