Date:4th February 2013 at 2:45am
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Is the Stoke stopper worth £15 million?

Is the Stoke stopper worth £15 million?

It seems the media’s quest to put the nail in the coffin of David De Gea’s Manchester United’s career has convinced many of them that Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic is all but destined to move to Old Trafford in the Summer. While the fact that Jack Butland has been bought by Tony Pulis may seem to point to Begovic eventually leaving The Britannia there’s a lot of conjecture involved in a series of moves that as of yet are nothing more than speculation.

Butland to Stoke – albeit after his loan back to Birmingham finishes – in the eyes of the media equals Begovic to United, while De Gea seemingly heads back to Spain. The latest reports indicate that far from being the ‘bargain’ some newspapers had labelled the Bosnian stopper, his fee could now make Begovic one of the most expensive goalkeepers in Premier League history.

The Mirror notes:

Manchester United will have to pay £15million for keeper target Asmir Begovic – as Stoke City dig in for a transfer battle with the Premier League giants.

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has made the Bosnian international his top choice to replace David de Gea but the Potters want a massive fee for their bargain capture from Portsmouth.

Stoke turned down £12 million from Chelsea a year ago and Begovic’s value has soared since then as his stature and temperament put him above his peers.

Begovic may well be a talented keeper but is he really that much better than De Gea? Is he only going to keep on getting better for the next ten years? Is he a snip at the same cost as an international winger? No.
Shipping out De Gea this Summer then taking a gamble on a player who’s never played for anyone nearly as big as Manchester United for a fee that’s not exactly peanuts, seems like a deal that makes little sense for Sir Alex.
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