Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Falcao Is on Way but Blues' Begovic Bid Rejected

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Falcao Is on Way but Blues' Begovic Bid Rejected

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CHELSEA are expected to confirm the loan signing of striker Radamel Falcao later this week as they consider whether to increase their offer for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, writes Simon Johnson.

Falcao is believed to have already agreed personal terms worth PS130,000-a-week to secure a switch from Monaco.

The deal was held up while the forward, who scored just four goals for Manchester United last season, played for Colombia at the Copa America.

But after being knocked out by Argentina at the weekend, the deal is now ready to be completed. The 29-year-old has already been instructed to join up with his Chelsea team-mates at their pre-season training camp in Montreal on July 19 four days after the squad flies out.

Falcao, like the other players involved in summer internationals, will be given more time off before reporting for duty.

Chelsea are still not sure whether Begovic will be involved after Stoke rejected a PS6million offer yesterday.

Stoke are looking for PS10m for the 28-year-old, who has been lined up as Petr Cech's replacement. …

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