Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool have been placed on high alert after Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic looks set to move on over the summer, according to the Daily Express.
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The Bosnian international was dropped from the Potters squad to face Swansea at the weekend for understudy Jack Butland, and it appears as though he may have made his final appearance for the club.
Rated at £15 million, Begovic has just over a year left to run on his current deal, and several top clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Spanish giants Real Madrid are rumoured to be interested in landing his signature.
Begovic is set for contract talks over the summer, but has been somewhat out of form recently, with even veteran stopper Thomas Sorensen making the bench ahead of him against the Swans.
With Stoke now comfortable in mid-table, manager Mark Hughes wants to give Butland a run of games ahead of the Under-21 European Championships this summer.
“Asmir wants to play every game, but I explained the reasons behind my decision,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to have three excellent keepers, so whoever I pick I’m going to get a decent performance.
“It wasn’t a big decision. It was one of those where I felt it was the right thing to do,” Hughes said.
“I spoke to Jack earlier in the year and said that if I felt there was an opportunity for me to give him game time then I’d do that.
“It was a good time because it was a game of significance, and he needs to be exposed to those games rather than dead rubbers.”