Chelsea agree £8million Asmir Begovic fee with Stoke
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Stoke have accepted an £8million Chelsea bid for Asmir Begovic, Football Insider sources understand.
The goalkeeper now is set to complete a move to Stamford Bridge next week.
Chelsea have been in talks with Stoke about a fee for the 28-year-old after agreeing personal terms with their No1 target to replace Petr Cech.
As revealed by Football Insider, the west Londoners have reached an agreement with Begovic on a four-year contract worth £70,000-a-week.
Chelsea then made an opening bid of £6million that was rejected by Stoke and returned to the negotiating table with an £8million offer.
The Potters have now told the Premier League champions they will accept the offer for a player who only has a year remaining on his contract.
Jose Mourinho has identified Begovic as the goalkeeper he wants to understudy Thibaut Courtois after Cech was announced as an Arsenal player on Monday following his £11million transfer from Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho has made it clear to the Chelsea hierarchy that he wants a proven shot-stopper as back-up to Courtois in case the young Belgian is not available.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes has a ready-made replacement for Begovic in young Englishman Jack Butland, 22.