Jose Mourinho looking at Petr Cech replacement

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Chelsea are preparing to make an £8 million bid for Asmir Begovic after identifying the Stoke City goalkeeper as the man they want to replace the soon-to-be-departing Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen to recruit another top quality custodian to compete with Thibaut Courtois for the No.1 spot in west London, and he believes the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has the capability to do so. However, according to the Daily Telegraph, Begovic is seeking assurances from the Portuguese tactician that he won't spend the peak years of his career warming the Chelsea bench. The 27-year-old has made no secret of his desire to join a Champions League club, and with just over 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Britannia Stadium the Potters might be forced to cash-in this summer, or else risk losing the stopper for nothing next year. Mourinho will offer Begovic a bumper pay-rise to make the move south, and hope that will be enough to convince him t

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