Chelsea are set to confirm the second major signing of the summer after the loan deal of Radamel Falcao as The Guardian believes that deal for the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will be confirmed today.
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will join the Premier League champions on a £8 million deal which will see Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel to move to Stoke on a season loan.
Begovic made it clear he wanted to move on this summer and Chelsea had long identified the Bosnian as the man they wanted to take over from Petr Cech as deputy for Thibaut Courtois.
After rejecting an earlier bid from Chelsea, Stoke accepted the Premier League champions’ increased offer and the only hold-up related to the player that would move on loan to the Britannia Stadium as part of the transfer.
Former Vitesse midfielder Marco Van Ginkel, who had been linked with Sunderland, Newcastle and Southampton, is believed to be that man.
Stoke were backed into a corner with Begovic once contract talks broke off with the 28-year-old, who had only 12 months remaining on his deal.
The Potters are entitled to be satisfied, however, with the £8m fee it has received and in particular the acquisition of Van Ginkel.
Van Ginkel, a 22-year-old Holland international who spent last season on loan at Milan, will help to fill the void left by Steven Nzonzi’s transfer to Sevilla.
The departure of Begovic will be a boost for young and highly rated English goalkeeper Jack Butland who set to become the number one goalkeeper now.
Stoke City have are also on the verge of signing veteran Irish goalkeeper Shay Given as the former Manchester City goalkeeper underwent a medical on Thursday and set to sign a two year contract at the Britannia Stadium.