Chelsea to follow up Falcao deal with signing of £8m Premier League star this week

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Chelsea are being strongly tipped to complete the signing of Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in an £8m transfer in the next few days, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Bosnian international shot-stopper has long been regarded as one of the finest in his position in the Premier League, with some eye-catching displays as Stoke’s number one in recent years.

Still, he now seems set to accept a backup role by moving to Chelsea, with the Premier League champions presumably looking to bring him in as a replacement for the recently-departed Petr Cech, as opposed to as a genuine candidate to displace Thibaut Courtois as the club’s number one.

Courtois’ outstanding form for the Blues last season helped force Cech out of Stamford Bridge, with the 33-year-old joining Arsenal (as confirmed on the Gunners’ official site last week), and it looks like Jose Mourinho has moved fast to bring in Begovic in his place, if the Telegraph’s report is to be believed.

The story adds that Chelsea initially failed with a £6m bid for the 28-year-old, but that a fee of £8m has now been agreed between the two clubs, in what should be another fine move to strengthen the depth of Mourinho’s squad after also confirming a deal for the loan of AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao earlier this week (via their official site).

With lack of backups in the goalkeeping and striking department, Chelsea look to have identified their weaknesses ahead of the new season and acted upon them with typical efficiency in the transfer market.

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