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19/03/2013 09:45

Papers: Begovic battle

The Daily Telegraph's John Percy writes...

United poised to swoop for £15m Begovic
Stoke City are ready to demand £15million for Asmir Begovic as they prepare for a summer scramble to sign the Bosnia international. Begovic has emerged as a target for Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea and his sale could break the British transfer record for a goalkeeper, with Stoke City confident of pushing the asking price closer towards £20million in the event of an auction. United shattered the previous record when they paid Atletico Madrid £18.3million for David de Gea in May 2011 and Sir Alex Ferguson is understood to be keen on signing an experienced and imposing goalkeeper to put pressure on the current no.1 at Old Trafford. Ferguson rates De Gea but acknowledges he has flaws in his game which will take experience to eradicate and is considering a move for Begovic, who will be 26 by the start of next season. Anders Lindegaard is also set to leave United at the end of the campaign.

All the papers are full of stories about Rio Ferdinand pulling out of the England squad, while the Daily Mail claim United have given a trial to Danish defender Jacob Rasmussen from Odense and are reportedly also keeping tabs on FC Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius and Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

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