And Joe Hart could head the other way for the second half of the season to preserve his England World Cup place.
The Blues are ready to bid up to £15million for Bosnia & Herzegovina international Begovic, who has proved to be one of the steadiest goalies in the Premier League.
Hart is set to be offered to his former Eastlands boss Mark Hughes as part of the deal on a loan basis, with most of his £110,000-a-week wages paid by the Blues, giving Stoke a top keeper at a bargain price for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old's England place will come under pressure before the World Cup finals next summer if he loses his spot at the Etihad permanently.
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