There are a few glances of surprise in the Football Transfer Tavern after it was revealed by the Daily Mirror that Stoke City’s outstanding goalkeeper Asmir Begovic may not be let go so easily this summer, following the recent capture of Jack Butland.
It had been expected that the Potters capture of impressive England international Butland meant that Begovic would be granted a move to one of the Premier League’s big boys – with Manchester City and Manchester United both reportedly keen on acquiring the Bosnian.
However in a twist of events, it has been suggested that Butland – who is currently seeing out the season on loan with former employers Birmingham City – may be loaned out again for the entire 2013/14 campaign after the Britannia Stadium-based club admitted it would take a huge offer to tempt them to part with Begovic who has been in sensational form this term.
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis said: “If it comes to next season and we’ve still got three goalkeepers and feel Jack isn’t ready, he’ll be loaned out again.
“There was no thought in my mind of bringing Butland in just in case Asmir went. We felt it was a fantastic opportunity. The price was unbelievable.”
The unbelievable deal Pulis is referring to is the £3.5 million deal that took Butland from St. Andrews on transfer deadline day– impressive considering the potential the goalkeeper possesses.