Liverpool have beaten Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of £15million Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, after he confirmed he would begin pre-season training at the Anfield club.

The Sun are running quotes from an interview in Bosnia with the 25-year-old where he confirms he has opted to join Brendan Rodgers’ side this summer.

“I want to start preparing on July 10, with all the players of Liverpool,” the Bosnian international said.

News of Begovic’s decision will be a disappointment to both Arsenal and Manchester United as the report claims both have been watching him for some time.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had been heavily linked with bringing in a new goalkeeper as part of a £70million summer spending spree at Emirates Stadium.

Manchester United’s interest may have been down to the likely departure of Anders Lindegaard this summer, the understudy to current number one David de Gea.

Begovic’s comments suggest new Old Trafford boss David Moyes will have to look elsewhere for a number two goalkeeper.

The report claims Liverpool see Begovic as the long-term replacement for current first choice Pepe Reina.

Reina has been heavily linked with a transfer to La Liga champions Barcelona as a replacement for outgoing star Victor Valdes.

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