Everton have “opened talks” to sign AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on a “two-year” deal, according to reports.
The goalkeeper has vast Premier League experience as he has totted up over 250 top-flight appearances. He has previously played for Portsmouth, Stoke City and Chelsea.
Begovic joined Bournemouth in 2017 for an undisclosed fee. He had spells on loan at Qarabag and AC Milan in 2019/20.
The 34-year-old returned to the Cherries last season and he played 51 times as they missed out on promotion back to the Premier League.
Everton want to sign a new backup goalkeeper and they are interested in Begovic according to talkSPORT. They suggest that with Begovic only having one year remaining on his contract, Bournemouth would be willing to let him leave for free.
Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed this interest via Twitter. He reports that “talks are progressing” and that Everton have offered Begovic a two-year deal.
Talks progressing on a two-years contract for Begovic, now waiting for Benitez final decision on goalkeepers situation.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2021
In a blog post last month, Richard Keys suggested that new Everton boss Benitez is the “most selfish” manager in the Premier League:
“Meanwhile Farhad Moshiri continues to take us all for fools. He and Alisher Usmanov, who’s really got the money, want Rafa Benitez as their next manager at Everton. They’ve done what all govts do when they have to bad news to announce – they leak over a period of time hoping that everybody will get used to the idea of what’s going to happen – so when it does the reaction won’t be as bad.
“Evertonians are growing used to the idea that the PL’s most ruthlessly, selfish, ambitious individual will be their next manager – so I suppose the plan has worked to some degree. But the real issues are once again beneath the surface. It will end in tears. Benitez will once again pursue his own agenda – while wrapping it up as ‘in the club’s best interests’. That’s how he managed to con the paying customers at Newcastle – by creating a phoney war with Mike Ashley that he knew he would never win. When the time came – he left – for a ‘long term’ project in China.
“Never mind that he managed Liverpool. His best days are long since behind him – and for me there are many better options. Moshiri has badly mis-judged this one. It’s not the die-hard Evertonian that he’s p****** off. It’s hard working staff at the club who don’t want to work with Benitez – and worse – legends from different eras at Goodison – who’ve recently been saying to me ‘I’m done’. That’s sad. That’s deeply sad. Trust me – it won’t be long before Moshiri is looking for the seventh manager he’s employed since arriving at the club. In many ways – this is going to prove a ‘costly‘ mistake.”