The Gunners are in the market for another goalkeeper this summer in order to provide back up and competition for Wojciech Szczesny. Lukasz Fabianski has been an able deputy for his compatriot in recent seasons, but is set to leave the club in the summer upon the expiration of his contract in order to secure first team football.
Begovic has been linked with a switch to the north London club for some time after establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s most reliable ‘keepers with the Potters.
The report states that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he wants a genuine rival for Szczesny and Stoke star Begovic has emerged a top target. The Gunners officials are planning to speak to Stoke in the coming days to discuss a fee for the Bosnian, with the north London club hopeful of striking a deal for about £8 million.
It further states that the Potters are in no rush to sell, but do have the benefit of having a long-term replacement in the form of Jack Butland already among their ranks.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, who is set to represent his nation at the World Cup this summer, has made 32 appearances this season and kept nine clean sheets.
The 26 year old combines a solid, tall frame with quick reactions to make scoring past him very difficult. He commands his box, can pick off crosses and set pieces with ease. He is a fine shot-stopper, reaching difficult attempts with dives and leaps that other goalkeepers would not be able to get to. He has the total package of goalkeeping skills that makes him highly desirable to a number of big clubs.
He is approaching the stage in his career where he may need to seek a move to a Champions League outfit and the Gunners will present him the perfect opportunity to do so. He is a great goalkeeper and will provide tough competition for Szczesny and will challenge the No1 position with the Pole.
He would certainly be an excellent signing but it might take a bit more than £8 million to persuade Stoke to cash in. He was valued at around £20 million last summer and had another decent season, so it is difficult to see them selling for any less than £10-£12 million. However he would be a steal at that price considering the experience he has in England.
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