Arsenal may finally be able to sign one of their main targets as club chairman confirms Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic may finally be allowed to leave the club should he still want to leave. Begovic was constantly linked to Arsenal in the last transfer window but nothing came out of the rumours and the player remains at Stoke City.
However, with interest in the playing growing with the likes of Napoli and Atletico Madrid joining Arsenal in registering their interest in the player, Stoke city seems to have resigned to fate and agreed they are now very likely to lose their talented goalkeeper. Peter Coates ( Stoke City’s chairman ) agrees that it will be hard to keep their 26 year old goalkeeper should a big money offer is made for his services by ” a big European club”
“I feel he’s as good as anybody in the Premier League,” said Coates. “I don’t know anyone who is better.
“You always have to be realistic about these things. If a call came from a top European club and was attractive to him, then you have to look at it.
“It wouldn’t be much of a surprise to me and that’s why we have contingency plans in place with other goalkeepers at the club.
“We would be reluctant to sell him because you want to keep your best players, but equally you are realistic about things. You also have to consider the player’s view.” (Daily Express)
With Arsenal’s second choice goalkeeper Fabianski coming to the end of his contract in the summer and nothing been said about a renewal of his contract, it will not be too surprising if Wenger revives his interest in Begovic especially as new signing Viviano doesn’t seem like a reliable competition for current number one Szczesny.