Blues are still not convinced by the Three Lions shot stopper.
Mega-rich Premier League outfit Manchester City want to sign highly rated Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, and the Blues are even willing to use Englishman Joe Hart in part exchange to seal the deal, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The north-west club have been heavily linked with the Bosnia and Herzegovina international in the past, with previous head coach Roberto Mancini thought to be lining up a bid for Begovic last summer, before the Italian was sacked by City.
However, it now appears as though Mancini’s successor in the dugout at Eastlands, Manuel Pellegrini, is also a big fan of Begovic’s too and will now attempt to lure the 26-year-old to City at the turn of the year by offering the Potters England international Hart in part exchange for the £15 million-rated Bosnian.
And what is more, City are also said to be prepared to pay a large percentage of Hart’s current £100,000-per-week wage packet while he is on loan at Stoke for the second half of this campaign.
Hart, meanwhile, will be given the opportunity of playing regular first-team football once again in the Premier League ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals.