Ranking Arsenal’s keeper targets: The top five

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Arsenal are on the lookout for a new keeper this summer, with Stoke’s Asmir Begovic, Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet, Swansea City’s Michel Vorm, QPR’s Julio Cesar and Rui Patricio all linked with a move to the Emirates. Who would be the best buy for Arsenal?

Here the targets ranked from worst to best.

5. Michel Vorm

The Swansea keeper enjoyed an excellent debut season at the Liberty, but injury limited him to just 26 Premier League appearances last year. At 29, Vorm is by no means past his past as a keeper, but making the step up to a Champions League team might prove a difficult ask.

4. Simon Mignolet

The Belgian is keen to leave Sunderland for a more high profile club this summer in an attempt to improve his chances of beating Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois to his country’s starting spot at the World Cup next summer. Mignolet could be available at around £9million, but there is still doubt about how much of an improvement he would be on their current options.

3. Julio Cesar

At 33, Cesar would clearly only be a short term option, but he would likely be available at a bargain price with QPR keen to get him off their wage bill, and no-one can argue that he has the experience to be a success at Arsenal. Recently reinstalled in the Brazil squad, Cesar has plenty to offer, and would be an excellent option for Arsenal this summer.

2. Rui Patricio

The 25-year-old is apparently ready to leave Sporting Lisbon this summer having spent his whole career at the Portuguese club, and he has been tipped to become one of the best keepers in Europe. The Portuguese international would not come cheap, with speculation Arsenal have already had a bid of £8.5million turned down, but he could become a fixture in the Gunners’ goal for years to come.

1. Asmir Begovic

The Bosnian keeper might have recently said he is keen to stay at the Britannia, but he has indicated in the past that he was looking to move on, and it is unlikely he would snub a move to Arsenal if they could agree a fee with Stoke. The 25-year-old was imperious last season, and looks to have the mentality and ability required to step up to a Champions League side. The figure of £15million that has been quoted is a lot of money, but if Stoke were prepared to negotiate, and you might expect they would be given that they have already signed Jack Butland, Begovic would be Arsenal’s best option this summer.

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