Can the example of Tottenham Hotspur lead Arsenal to £15million goalkeeper capture?

Asmir Begovic Stoke V Arsenal

Asmir Begovic previously rejected Tottenham Hotspur in 2010 because he wanted first-team football. Could that give us a clue as to his most likely summer destination?

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers this season and in doing so has won himself plenty of admirers going into the summer of 2013.

According to reports to emerge as recently as yesterday in The Sun Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are all looking into the signature of the 25-year-old rated at around £15 million by The Potters

The potential for Begovic to leave the club has heightened in recent months firstly with the arrival of Jack Butland from Birmingham City in the summer as well as the clubs very own battle for survival. A woeful string of form since the turn of the year has seen the club plummet down the table and well and truly enter the relegation battle this campaign.

But what can the teams interested learn about their chances of signing the Bosnian from another top rival; Tottenham Hotspur.

Before leaving cash-strapped Portsmouth for The Britannia Stadium during the winter transfer window of 2010 the Fratton Park outfit had actually agreed in principle a deal that would have seen Begovic sign for Spurs rather than Stoke.

In the end however Pompey were left rather red-faced when Spurs asked for their down-payment back as the custodian had rejected White Hart Lane in favour of his Potteries adventure.

The reason why should certainly be keenly observed.

Because Begovic decided Tottenham was not the place for him due to ‘sporting reasons’ essentially meaning he did not want to play for a team if he was not the guaranteed number one starter between the sticks.

With Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes both with the club at that time Begovic felt he had no choice but to join Stoke and do battle with Thomas Sorensen for the number one jersey.

That was when he was just 22-years-old so it is hard to imagine at this important stage in his career that a bench-job move would appeal to him.

Therefore surely only Arsenal can be considered as a logical destination?

Manchester United’s David de Gea is finally proving his doubters wrong while Pepe Reina is still the best Liverpool have to offer. Meanwhile Petr Cech is the man who guards the goal at The Bridge with possibly one of Europe’s best also on the books but currently out-on-loan in the shape of Thibaut Courtois.

Arsenal meanwhile need a new number one. With Wojciech Szczesny not looking up to the task and Lukasz Fabianski a free agent this summer Begovic would seem the perfect option to take their place.

Do you think Arsenal is the best destination for Asmir Begovic?

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