Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Begovic Admits He Could be Sold in the Summer, But Insists No Deal Has Been Agreed

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Feb 06, 2013 04:13 AM EST
Asmir Begovic Stoke City
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United, admitted he is likely to be sold in the summer"


The moment Stoke City completed the signing of Jack Butland from Birmingham on transfer deadline day last month, the future of Asmir Begovic was up in the air come the end of the season.

And now, the Stoke goalkeeper, who was brilliant against Arsenal yet again Saturday, admitted he expects to be sold in the summer, although a move to Manchester United is not set in stone as some reports have suggested.

Begovic has quickly turned himself into one of the best keepers in the English Premier League and that in turn has made him into one of most wanted custodians.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old, with David De Gea likely to head back to Spain at the end of the season.

Along with United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs, with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid also linked with moves.

While there is interest from several other clubs, widespread reports suggested United already had a deal in place to bring the talented goalkeeper to Old Trafford in the summer. Begovic, though, insisted he has not agreed on a move with any club as yet.

"I read in the papers that I said no to City and yes to United," Begovic told Oslobodjenje. "But the truth is, I haven't decided on anything.

"I didn't say yes or no to anybody. I haven't signed anything -- no contract, no pre-contract. But I believe that Stoke didn't buy Butland to be a reserve so I think I'm going to be sold in the summer.

"To whom? I can't move to a smaller club and I also know that some top clubs are interested in me. They are also the only ones who can afford the fee.

"Now I'm just happy that January is over. It was a hard month for us, so many rumours. Now, we can focus on our games again."

Stoke are reportedly going to demand a fee in the region of £15 million for Begovic in the summer; although if he keeps up this form for the rest of the campaign, that figure might just increase considerably.

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