Stoke play hard ball with Chelsea

English Premier League outfit, Stoke City have informed league champions Chelsea FC that they will not settle for anything less than 10 million pounds if the Blues want to get their hands on Asmir Begovic.

The Potters number 1 has emerged as Jose Mourinho’s best bet for providing competition to Thibaut Courtois for a place in the starting XI following the departure of Petr Cech to Arsenal and after sounding out the player on a possible switch to Stamford Bridge, the Blues will now have to cough up some cash if they want to get their hands on the Bosnian international.

However, the Blues are reluctant to match the transfer fee given that the Bosnian has just a year left on his current deal. But with Begovic now having his heart set on a move to Chelsea, Potters may have to give way under pressure from the player’s camp as the deal nears its conclusion.