Arsenal and Manchester United have suffered a set-back in their pursuit of a new shotstopper. Arsenal and Manchester United are keen to add to their goalkeeping departments with the Gunners interested in bringing in 2 goalkeepers owing to the likely exit of Lukas Fabianski whose contract expires in the summer.
Both teams have been linked with a move for Stoke’s wantaway shotstopper Asmir Begovic and looked set to lure him away but were stopped in their tracks when Stoke slapped a 17 million Pounds price tag on him but their chances of resurrecting the deal seems remote now after the goalkeeper pledged his allegiance to the Potters.
“I am happy to be here and I am happy to stay here,” he told the Stoke Sentinel. I am looking forward to reporting back in pre-season, meeting the new manager and staff and cracking on with the new season. The most important thing is I am at a club where I am settled and I feel comfortable. Everyone has been really good to me and the chairman has been fantastic so I can’t really complain.”
I wonder why he backtracked on his desire to leave despite the high level interest in him from teams better than Stoke; Arsenal, Manchester united and Liverpool. One major reason could be the price tag. None of the interested teams is willing to fork out such an amount and with interests dropping, he didn’t want to loose on two fronts. Fail to secure a transfer and also become estranged with Stoke fans.
Unlike last season when he walked into the stoke team unchallenged, he is up for a stern challenge next season with the arrival of young England stopper Jack Butland and the ever presence of veteran Thomas Sorensen. He seems undeterred as he had good words for them.
“Jack [Butland] is a good up and coming keeper and everyone knows about Thomas [Sorensen] and the qualities he has,” he added.
“We have a strong group of goalkeepers and I am looking forward to being part of it.”
As for his suitors, they might just have to look elsewhere. I bet there is still an option in Sunderland goalie Simon Mignolet.