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Chelsea target Asmir Begovic ready to force Stoke City exit

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Stoke City star Asmir Begovic is ready to request a transfer if one of the Premier League's top six clubs come calling this summer, reports ESPN.

The 27-year-old has been a long-standing star at the Britannia Stadium and has rejected a move to the likes of Manchester United in the past.

However, Begovic is ready to move on after five seasons at Stoke City and is ready to force his way out of the club if the right offer comes along.

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It is not just about Champions League football for Begovic, but the chance to play for any club competing in Europe next season.

That has opened the door for Liverpool, who are reportedly trying to upgrade on Simon Mignolet, to make a move.

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Begovic saw his Stoke City side run riot against Liverpool on Sunday, but is still interested in a potential move to Anfield.

Chelsea interest

There is also reported interest from the Premier League champions Chelsea, but Jose Mourinho is looking for back-up to Thibaut Courtois to replace Petr Cech.

Having been a first-choice star for many years, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international is unlikely to accept such a role, even if it is at a stadium like Stamford Bridge. 

Stoke have been trying hard to tie Begovic down to a new contract, but talks between the club and the player have broken down in recent weeks, leaving the Potters feeling vulnerable.

Leaving for nothing?

Begovic has just 12 months remaining on his contract and the threat of losing him for nothing next year could leave them with little choice but to cash in.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool have already made contact with Begovic's representatives about a move this summer and they have had significant encouragement that he is interested in a move.

Weighing up the options

There would be more money on offer in west London and the chance to play Champions League football, but getting ahead of the younger Courtois would be a significant challenge for Begovic.

But a move to Anfield would certainly see him take the No.1 shirt from Mignolet, who has been inconsistent this season.

Surely a move to Liverpool would be the preferred choice of a goalkeeper keen to make the next step in his career.

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