Stoke City stopper Asmir Begovic has clarified that he would rather move to Manchester United this summer than join Premier League champions Man City. The Bosnian keeper feels that he is more likely to gain first team action when competing with the struggling David de Gea than replace England international Joe Hart next season, according to the Mirror.
The Portsmouth youth product joined Stoke in 2010 and has since played a key role in maintaining the Potters’ place in the top flight. Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest in the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has risen greatly this season after he failed to find a reliable solution between the posts despite switching between De Gea and Anders Lindegaard every now and then.
Meanwhile, City want a cover for Joe Hart at the Etihad Stadium but Begovic is aware that he would have to spend most of his time on the bench. Ferguson would be pleased to learn that the 25 year-old is interested in a move to Old Trafford over the summer and the Scot will work hard to negotiate a deal with the Potters, who value the stopper at £15 million.
Stoke are unlikely to sell on the cheap as the player is contracted at the club until 2016 and they will hold out for a big profit on the player for whom they paid just £3 million three years ago. De Gea is slated for a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid and Begovic could take the opportunity to join the Red Devils over the summer.