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Arsenal Buoyed As Stoke City May Be Forced Into Begovic Sale

Clubs are ready to pounce for Begovic if Stoke go down.

Stoke City are likely to lose goalkeeper Asmir Begovic if they are relegated this season, with a number of top Premier League clubs interested in the Bosnian.

The former Portsmouth man has been a stand-out performer for Tony Pulis’ side this year, despite their poor form in the second half of the season which has seen them fall into a relegation fight.

The Sun claims that Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all ready to pounce for the £15million-rated shot-stopper, whose sale would help the club deal with the £40million loss in TV money from not playing in the top flight. They will also make savings when the contracts of high-earners Michael Owen and Jermaine Pennant expire at the end of this campaign.

The Potters already have promising goalkeeper Jack Butland joining from Birmingham next season, so would not lose out too much if Begovic made a move to a bigger team.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool in particular could do with an improvement between the posts, as Wojciech Szczesny, David De Gea and Pepe Reina have all been prone to high-profile errors this year, with Szczesny now finding himself out of the Gunners’ starting lineup.

Chelsea could also do with an alternative to Petr Cech, as the future of Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, remains uncertain.

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