Real Madrid appear to be pondering a summer bid for Stoke goalkeeper and Manchester United target Asmir Begovic.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Carlo Ancelotti is considering a move for the Bosnian international as he faces the prospect of losing current number one 'stopper Diego Lopez to Serie A outfit AC Milan.
26-year-old Begovic - who joined Stoke from Portsmouth back in 2010 - is an integral member of Mark Hughes' first-team squad who has firmly established a thoroughly impressive reputation as one of the Premier League's very best goalkeepers in recent seasons.
Such form has clearly not go unnoticed among English football's more reputable clubs, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool all believed to be interested in a player who is believed to be valued at up to £15 million by his current employers.
The news that Real Madrid are weighing up a swoop for another goalkeeper is obviously not a positive for Spanish stalwart Iker Casillas. The long-time Real favourite lost his place in the first-team under Jose Mourinho and has not been restored since Ancelotti's arrival during the summer.
Manchester United, meanwhile, boast one of the world's top young goalkeepers in Casillas' compatriot, David de Gea.
While the former Atletico Madrid man initially struggled with the often uncompromising physicality of the Premier League following his move to Old Trafford in 2011, he has since recovered admirably.
And while you would think that he surely will remain as David Moyes' number one for the foreseeable future, it could be possible that the Scot is looking to provide a little bit of competition for De Gea at Manchester United.
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