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Boost for Koeman as Chelsea line-up replacement for £8m man on Everton target list - report

By Will Butcher

Chelsea are closing in on AC Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez to pave the way for Asmir Begovic to join Everton, according to a report.

The Bosnian keeper is keen to leave west London a year since his £8million move from Stoke after failing to dismount Thibaut Courtois from his number-one perch.

Italian publication Gazza Mercato claim that the deal was agreed in principle last week for Lopez to join Chelsea.

It is said Everton are keen on signing Begovic as Ronald Koeman prepares to sign a new goalkeeper.

With three years still left on his contract it’s likely that Everton will have to pay something similar to tempt Chelsea into accepting an offer.

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The 34-year-old stopper joined Milan from Real Madrid two years ago, but played second-fiddle to 17-year-old wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma last season.

The Spanish international still has two years left on his San Siro contract, but a move to England seems inevitable.

This clears the way for Begovic to join The Toffees, with Chelsea seemingly resigning themselves to losing the Bosnian.

Begovic has largely been Courtois’ understudy during his time at Chelsea, although he had an extended run when the Belgian missed three months of 2015-16 with a knee injury.

The 29-year-old made 17 Premier League appearances this season, but only managed to keep a clean sheet four times in a faltering Chelsea side that finished in tenth position.

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