One man who is expected to be on the move this summer is impressive Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic but punters in the Football Transfer Tavern have been left disappointed after Stoke boss Tony Pulis announced that the club have not sold the Bosnian keeper despite reports to the contrary.
A whole host of top teams have been linked with the stopper including Manchester United and Arsenal who are both on the lookout for goalkeeping reinforcements this summer.
Stoke have even already recruited a straight replacement for Begovic in promising prospect Jack Butland from Birmingham City for £4 million and that has led to discussion that the keeper, who has kept 12 clean sheets this season, would be on his way out of the Britannia Stadium.
However the Daily Star reports Pulis is dismissing any suggestions that the club plans to sell the 25-year-old this summer.
Pulis said: “No, no-one’s rung me up to ask about Asmir and if they did the price would be … I can’t even think. They’d have to spend a hell of a lot of money to take him away. I couldn’t even give you a price because I haven’t even thought about it.
“The fact we’ve signed Jack doesn’t mean we’re going to sell Asmir. I still think there’s more to come from Asmir. He’s going to get better. He’s been brilliant this year but there’s still more to come.”
Pulis said Begovic’s departure would only occur is there a huge bid.
He added: “Asmir, over the past two years, has just got better and better. I really do think he’s a top goalkeeper.”