Chelsea fear Manchester United will hijack their priority transfer deal for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, reports The Mail.
Jose Mourinho has been working hard to sign the Bosnian after identifying him as the perfect replacement to Petr Cech, who joined Arsenal last week.
Reports have lead us to believe that terms on an £8million deal are close to being agreed but is being held up by Stoke's demand to receive Victor Moses or another Chelsea player in exchange.
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There is also concern from Begovic that he will not get enough playing time as understudy to Thibaut Courtois and that is where Manchester United could take advantage.
David de Gea looks set to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid this summer and, if he does, Louis van Gaal is likely to move for a new goalkeeper.
Forced to wait
Begovic has landed on the Dutchman's radar as a potential replacement for De Gea, but Manchester United must first wait to agree a deal with Real Madrid before moving.
A bid for Begovic will be an admission from the Red Devils that they are ready to sell the Spanish goalkeeper and damage their bargaining position with Real Madrid.
At the moment, they are trying to convince Florentino Perez that they will force De Gea to stay at the club until his contract expires next summer if Real Madrid refuse to meet their £35m transfer fee.
Chelsea know that the chance of being Manchester United's No.1 is more attractive than being a No.1 at Stamford Bridge and are scared that Begovic will wait to see if the Red Devils make him such an offer.
They will now try to push through a transfer next week in a bid to beat their Premier League title rivals.