Chelsea may have given up hope of retaining the services of Peter Cech, as reports by Goal.com revealed that the Stanford Bridge side have identified a capable replacement for the 33-year old. Goal reports that the Blues have now identified Stoke City safest pair of gloves, Asmir Begovic as the man to replace the departing goalkeeper, who is being linked with a move to bitter rivals Arsenal this summer.
Cech, 33 lost his number one spot to Thibaut Courtois last season, and he is set to ditch the Blues in search for regular team football. With Arsenal, Manchester United, and possibly PSG ready to pounce for the 33-year old, Chelease are now set to lure Begovic to Stanford Bridge as a second choice goalkeeper to the Belgian.
Despite repeated claims that he wants to play at the highest level, it is not quite clear if the Stoke shot stopper would want to play second fiddle to Courtois, who is most likely going to remain Chelsea’s number one keeper for years to come. At 27, Begovic still has a lot to offer to both club and country, and leaving Stoke where he is a regular to take up the second spot in Chelsea may not be the best option.
The blues are also looking to QPR for Cech’s replacement as the London Evening Standard reports that Robert Green also features in the club’s shopping list.
Chelsea are expected to mount a strong title defence next season, and one of the areas that need to be strengthened is goalkeeping.