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Manchester United and Arsenal goalkeeper target ready for summer move

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Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says he will likely leave Stoke in the summer - but insists he hasn't made his mind up over where he'll end up next season.

Begovic has established himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent performers since he joined Stoke in 2010 from Portsmouth, while his rise to prominence this season has reportedly attracted a host of big-name suitors.

Manchester Unitedare said to be eyeing a move for the 25-year-old as a replacement for the inconsistent David de Gea, while Liverpool andArsenalarebelieved to be tracking him as well.    

With question marks above both Pepe Reina at Anfield and Gunners shotstopper Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates Stadium, both clubs could be willing to challenge Manchester United for his signature come the summer.

All signs point to Begovic leaving the Britannia Stadium in the summer after the Potters landed England youngster Jack Butland from Birminghambefore the close of the January transfer window. 

Although Manchester United in particular were linked with a January swoop for Begovic, the winter window closed without any deal materialising - and while Begovic insists there was no truth about a January move, he concedes he will be on the move in the summer.

"I read in the papers that I said no to Manchester City and yes to United,"Begovic told Oslobodjenje. "But the truth is, I haven't decided on anything. 

"I didn't say yes or no to anybody. I haven't signed anything - no contract, no pre-contract. But I believe that Stoke didn't buy Butland to be a reserve so I think I'm going to be sold in the summer.

"To whom? I can't move to a smaller club and I also know that some top clubs are interested in me. They are also the only ones who can afford the fee.

He added about speculation regarding his future in January: "Now I'm just happy that January is over. It was a hard month for us, so many rumours. Now, we can focus on our games again."

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