Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is set for a transfer to Premier League rivals Everton, according to Italian website calciomercato.com
Everton are in the market for a new goalkeeper, with former shot-stopper Tim Howard moving back to Major League Soccer in America, while Joel Robles has looked below par since he became Everton’s number one.
Begovic was widely expected to act as an understudy to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois when he transferred to the Stamford Bridge from Stoke last year, but the Bosnia and Herzegovina keeper got his fair share of first-team opportunities during the 2015-16 season, thanks to Courtois’ injuries and indifferent form. He made 25 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea endured a disappointing season.
The 29-year-old is now expected to move to Merseyside with Everton, as Chelsea look set to complete the signing of AC Milan goalie Diego Lopez. Once Begovic has completed his move to Everton, Chelsea will announce the signing of the former Real Madrid keeper.
Begovic’s transfer to Everton will set the Toffees back about £8m, and he is expected to become the club’s first-choice keeper. Begovic reportedly began to feel fed up regarding his situation at Chelsea, and has been allowed to speak with Everton over a potential transfer.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is looking to revive Everton’s fortunes after a poor 2015-16 Premier League season, where they continuously looked vulnerable defensively, and Koeman will be hoping that Begovic can help to address some of those vulnerabilities.