Asmir Begovic set to complete £8m Chelsea move on Friday

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will reportedly complete his proposed £8m move to Chelsea on Friday, with young midfielder Marco van Ginkel heading in the opposite direction, according to The Telegraph.

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The Bosnian international has already agreed to take over from Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge and will now provide competition for last season’s first choice, Thibaut Courtois.

The Telegraph states that the Blues made a successful second bid for the 28-year-old earlier this week with the only factor holding up the deal was which Chelsea player would be heading to the Britannia on a season long loan.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes had identified Van Ginkel as the man he wanted, and now that Jose Mourinho has given the Dutch international his blessing, the deal can now go through.

The 22-year-old spent the previous campaign on loan with Italian giants AC Milan, and has been earmarked as the ideal man to step into the void left by Steven N’Zonzi, who joined Spanish outfit Sevilla this week (via the BBC).

Stoke are also close to completing a move for Aston Villa veteran Shay Given as Begovic’s replacement (via Sky Sports).

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