If Roberto Mancini was still in charge at Manchester City, it would be Asmir Begovic in between the sticks for the club.

A deal previous to the sacking of Mancini was almost complete for the Stoke City number one to go to the FA Cup finalists. However after they lost the final to Wigan Athletic, it was the end of the Italian's reign.

Begovic is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, making many a wonderful save and kept Stoke in umpteen games in the past.

However with Joe Hart's poor recent form, and the jury still out on Costel Pantilimon, the Bosnia international could see him move to the Etihad Stadium.

"The transfer was not realised due to several reasons, but the main one was the departure of the Italian manager," Begovic was quoted by the Daily Mirror.

"Could I still move to City? I really don’t know if negotiations between clubs are still ongoing."

Although expressing his desire to move to the club, Begovic is happy to remain at Stoke City for the rest of the season before he and Bosnia and Herzegovina travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup in the summer.

"But for me probably the best thing would be to stay at Stoke until the end of the season as in that way I would be truly ready for World Cup in Brazil," he added.

The Stoke goalkeeper would be an excellent signing for City. He makes few mistakes and is an outstanding shot stopper.

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