MVG offered as Asmir makeweight – Report

Date published: Friday 10th July 2015 9:35

The deal also relies on Stoke’s pursuit of Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, although the Irishman is expected to complete a move to the Potters on Friday.

With Chelsea having sold back-up keeper Petr Cech to Premier League rivals Arsenal earlier this summer, the Blues have been in the market for a replacement and have earmarked Bosnian Begovic as their ideal signing.

Stoke were previously reluctant to sell their first-choice keeper but, with just one year remaining on the 28-year-old’s contract, a reported £8million fee, plus the potential of midfielder Marco van Ginkel joining on loan, has persuaded them.

According to the Daily Mirror, Jose Mourinho’s men will allow Dutch star van Ginkel to move to the Britannia Stadium on a year-long loan to sweeten the transfer. The 22-year-old has struggled to establish himself at Stamford Bridge since joining from Vitesse in 2013.

Injuries disrupted his loan spell at Italian giants AC Milan last season, but van Ginkel managed to impress in his 17 Serie A appearances, and with Chelsea still keen to provide him with playing opportunities, Stoke are set to benefit.

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