United, Chelsea and Arsenal chase Stoke keeper

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has attracted the attention of the Premier League big boys this season and he is likely to have his pick of Champions League clubs in the summer.

Begovic has been one of Stoke’s best players during a rather disappointing season for the Staffordshire club. He has been one of the key reasons they are not facing a relegation battle and his performances have put him on the radar of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

According to John Percy in the Daily Telegraph, Stoke have slapped a £15m price tag on the Bosnian. However, they are hoping to create a bidding war that could see the fee rise closer to the £20m mark.

Potential record transfer fee

If Begovic was sold for £20m it would be a British record fee for a goalkeeper. Currently the most expensive keeper is David de Gea who cost United £18.3m two years ago.

Sir Alex hasn’t lost faith in his Spanish youngster but is thought to be keen to bring in an experienced keeper as competition to make sure de Gea’s standards don’t start to slip.

Arsene Wenger has dropped his first choice keeper, Wojciech Szczesny for Arsenal’s last two matches claiming the youngster was mentally affected from playing so many games. He has previously been linked with experienced keepers such as Pepe Reina, Michael Vorm and Victor Valdes.

Unlikely to play in Chelsea’s first team

Chelsea tried to sign Begovic three years ago and have remained interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge. However Begovic is less likely to join the Blues as he wouldn’t have as many first team opportunities with Petr Cech firmly established as the number one choice.

The sale of Begovic could be good news for young England goalkeeper, Jack Butland who joined Stoke in January but has been loaned back to Birmingham. Tony Pulis sees the 20-year-old as Stoke’s future number one and Butland would love to start playing Premier League football next season.