Man United still keen to replace David De Gea

Asmir Begovic Stoke V Arsenal

The Red Devils have stepped up their chase to sign Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic, despite De Gea's return to form and his performance against Real Madrid last week.

Spaniard De Gea was in superb from against Cristiano Ronaldo and co. last Wednesday as his side came away from their Champions League tie with Real Madrid in the driving seat having scored a vital away goal.

However, despite the former Atletico Madrid keeper ending some of critics, Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly still keen on replacing him as number one with Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic.

United have been monitoring the Bosnian for some-time and have planned to sell Anders Lindegaard in order to make a move for Begovic. De Gea could also be on his way out with Barcelona shortlisting the young keeper as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes.

However, De Gea is only expected to leave if United only receive a bid in the region of the £21m they paid for him back in 2011.

Lindegaard has made only one appearance in the FA Cup since conceding three goals at Reading on December 1.

Begovic now looks likely to arrive, however late interest from Arsenal could prove tough for Ferguson and his negotiations but the Bosnian has spoken about his future with Stoke and cited Jack Butland's arrival to prompt his departure.

“I believe that Stoke didn’t buy Butland to be a reserve so I think I’m going to be sold in the summer,” Begovic told Oslobodjenje earlier this month.

“I read in the papers that I said no to City and yes to United. 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 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.”

United fans..... Who would you prefer? De Gea or Begovic?

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