Chelsea back in for Begovic
Published 23:00 18/01/11 By Martin Lipton
Chelsea are eyeing up a £5million bid for Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic.
Carlo Ancelotti tried to snare the 23-year-old Bosnian in the summer but Stoke refused to do business.
However, the Blues' boss still sees Begovic as ideal back-up for Petr Cech and is ready to test Stoke’s resolve to keep hold of the former Portsmouth man, who has usurped Thomas Sorensen to become Tony Pulis’ first choice this season.
Ancelotti is ready to wait until the summer if Stoke are resistant but the Italian feels Begovic is the answer to the question that has dogged him throughout his reign, throwing the Chelsea futures of both Hilario and Ross Turnbull into doubt.
The renewed interest in Begovic comes with Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic finally ready to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal worth around £65,000 per week.
Ivanovic accepts he may have to switch to right-back to accommodate the likely arrival of Benfica’s David Luiz before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month, although Ancelotti is aware his preference is to play in the middle.
Chelsea, who declined to meet the demands of Steven Pienaar and his advisors despite agreeing a £3m fee with Everton for the South African midfielder, are now training their sights on landing Luiz.
As MirrorSport reported yesterday, the Blues are readying a third bid, in the region of £22m, to land Brazilian Luiz, whom Ancelotti has identified as his prime January target.