Arsenal given a £15m price tag for stopper

Arsenal have been told that the minimum price for Stoke target Asmir Begovic is £15m, reported the Daily Mail.

The Bosnian goalkeeper has seen his stock in the Premier League rise, drawing interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, and Fulham, but when Arsenal moved for the keeper in January, Stoke was not interested in selling.

Now, with Jack Butland set to arrive at Britannia Stadium in the summer, the Potters manager Tony Pulis is ready to part ways with the Bosnian and responded to new inquiries from Arsenal by naming his price at £15m.

The Gunners have been desperate to find new talent between the posts, with current goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny failing to impress at the Emirates this season. Manager Arsene Wenger questioned the keeper’s mentality before their early Champions League exit.

Wenger has also been linked with moves for Swansea’s keeper Michael Vorm and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, as well as more recently, a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas, but some believe Begovic is the most accessible.

United, who has been eyeing Begovic for years, have cooled their interest in the keeper due to his high price tag as well as David de Gea’s improved performance for the Red Devils.

Chelsea are also looking to bring in reinforcement for starter Petr Cech, but Begovic has expressed his desire to move to a club where he would be a guaranteed starter, which is something the Gunners could promise.

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