Could Asmir Begovic be set to depart Dean Court once again?
The 34-year-old has previously left the club on three occasions. The first was at the end of his loan spell in October 2007. Begovic had joined the club on loan from Portsmouth and played nine times under former manager Kevin Bond, before being dropped for some rather infamous errors as a youngster against Swindon Town and Carlisle United.
He returned to the club on a permanent basis almost ten years later for around £10million from Chelsea and has added 113 appearances in all competitions to his Cherries appearance tally.
That is despite losing his place in the side to Artur Boruc following some poor form towards the end of 2018 and spending the 2019/20 season out on loan in Azerbaijan and Italy with Qarabag and AC Milan respectively, having dropped down the pecking order behind both Aaron Ramsdale and Mark Travers.
During that summer he was linked with potential moves to Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A, but ended up in Azerbaijan, presumably if the Daily Star is to be believed, because of his then reported £110,000-a-week wages were an obstacle to other clubs.
Following the end of that campaign, the Cherries were relegated from the Premier League and Begovic made a surprise return as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper, following the sale of Aaron Ramsdale to Sheffield United.
To Begovic’s credit, the former Bosnia and Herzegovina international, put in some of his best performances in a Cherries shirt during the first half of the club’s Championship campaign, which ultimately ended with defeat in the Championship play-offs, to Brentford.
Begovic remains contracted to AFC Bournemouth for the forthcoming season, but speculation is abound that he could be set to leave once more, not helped by Begovic returning to pre-season training earlier this month but not being included in the squads pre-season training camp in Spain.
Italian-based football reporter Fabrizio Romano has tweeted to his 3.5 million followers that Begovic could be set to leave AFC Bournemouth on a free transfer.
He has suggested that many clubs are interested, but specifically Italian side Genoa had “made him a proposal on a two years contact”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2021
Should AFCB keep Begovic?
Waz afcb wrote…
As good as he was last season, money is better spent elsewhere. Doesn’t make sense to have one player as such a high earner at this level, let alone a goalkeeper. – Join the conversation, click here.