Chelsea continue conducting player sales to kick-off the summer transfer window, making good money out of backup goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who’s agreed to join Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. The transfer has been announced and will go through official on July 1.
Asmir Begovic will join Bournemouth in a permanent transfer on 1 July...https://t.co/etUFx2F6hA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 30, 2017
The Cherries made an attempt at signing Begovic in January, but the deal fell through due to Chelsea's failure to acquire a replacement for the Bosnian international.
Reports claim the deal was closed at between £10 million (Sky) and £15 million (Mail), either of which is a good sum to got for a backup goalkeeper who arrived for £8 million two years ago.
Happy to be joining @afcbournemouth. Looking forward to working with Eddie Howe and the team #AFCB pic.twitter.com/bWF6twabwd— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) May 30, 2017
In those two years at Chelsea, Begovic made 33 appearances, most of which came during his debut season when first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was sidelined for two months with a knee injury. Courtois's poor form upon his return let Begovic pick up a few more opportunities and he ended the year with 25 appearances. However, his chances were greatly diminished this season, with only two of his eight appearances coming in the league.
Despite his lack of playing time, Begovic remained a model professional throughout his stay at the Bridge. He leaves the club as a Premier League champion, and a great influence within our squad in the two years he defended the Blues' crest.
Thanks to the players, managers, staff & the fans @ChelseaFC. It was great to be part of this winning squad. All the best for the future pic.twitter.com/l24JodE4IB— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) May 30, 2017