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Arsene Wenger is set to make a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
It is believed the Arsenal manager will offer around £5 million for the in-demand stopper to solve his current crisis between the posts.
However, according to The Daily Mirror, Wenger will face competition from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, who have both revived their interest in the Bosnian star.
Begovic, 23, moved to Stoke from Portsmouth for £3.5 million last January, but has found it difficult to displace Thomas Sorensen as number one at the Britannia Stadium. He has only started five times and has even clashed with manager Tony Pulis after being put on the bench.
But it seems that this has not put off potential suitors, who see the goalkeeper as a future star in the Premier League. Chelsea see the keeper as an ideal back-up for current number one Petr Cech.
With Arsenal’s current goalkeeping crisis being well documented since a bid for Mark Schwarzer was rejected by Fulham, Wenger is thought to be pondering a move for a younger replacement for Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski. (Goal.com)
If it does come down to a three way fight for the services of the Bosnian keeper then Arsenal may well end up favourites to seal the deal. After all a move to Chelsea would hardly make sense as Begovic would not stand a chance of unseating Petr Cech who is still just 28. Tottenham have a fairly stable first choice in Heurelho Gomes and therefore a move to the Emirates would appear to be the move that would be most likely to secure a regular starting eleven spot.
The 23 year old has impressed when called upon but has fallen out with Tony Pulis and wants to leave the Britannia Stadium and one would imagine a move to join Arsene Wenger’s Champions League competing side would very much suit the former Portsmouth man.
The giant 6ft 6in keeper would be a handy ready made replacement for serial fumblers Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski and would be a better long term solution than much talked about target, 38 year old Fulham man Mark Schwarzer.