Manchester United have been told they will have to stump up no less than £15million if they want to land Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
According to The Mirror, the Potters are determined to get their full valuation out of the Old Trafford club after Sir Alex Ferguson set his sights on the Bosnia Herzegovina international.
The Manchester United boss has reportedly given up on David de Gea and is ready to offload the young Spaniard after deciding he is unsuitable for the rigours of Premier League football.
The report claims Stoke turned down a £12million bid from Chelsea for the 25-year-old last year and will not budge from their valuation.
Manchester United’s interest in understandable as Begovic was in terrific form again at the weekend, making numerous brilliant saves against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium and only being beaten by a deflected Lukas Podolski free-kick.
The former Portsmouth ‘keeper decided to stay at the Britannia Stadium in January but his exit appears likely now as manager Tony Pulis completed the signing of promising young England star Jack Butland, whom will join up with the squad in the summer.
The report says ferguson has sent his scouts to monitor other targets in the eventuality of him being unable to agree a deal for Begovic.
Liverpool’s Pepe Reina is mentioned as a possible target, while Barcelona’s outgoing Victor Valdes would be a less provocative option, as would Sunderland’s Belgium international Simon Mignolet.