Liverpool’s long running interest in Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic does not seem likely to end anytime soon, with the ‘keeper admitting today that he would like to play at a higher level.
The Anfield club could offer him an opportunity to do that, having previously moved for him.
In fact, Begovic was Brendan Rodgers’ preferred signing last summer, but repeat rebuffs from Stoke meant that he instead chose to turn to former Sunderland man Simon Mignolet.
While Mignolet was relatively impressive last season for Rodgers’ side, he made mistakes, and this season has seen him struggle to impress.
As a result, Rodgers has chased other goalkeeper.
Prime among those who Liverpool have tried to sign is Victor Valdes, but the ex-Barcelona man now seems likely to instead join Manchester United, having trained with them.
This could mean that Rodgers will go back in for Begovic when January arrives, and it now seems as though convincing him to move could be a feasible possibility.
He said: “We all have ambitions and goals. I work really hard to get better and try to improve as a player, and hopefully test myself at the highest level possible level in the future.
“Who knows whether that opportunity will present itself?”
Liverpool are likely to express their interest in Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic again in January, having missed out on a series of other options in recent months, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Reds reportedly chased Victor Valdes for an extended period of time, but with the Spain international training with Manchester United, it now seems as though he is no longer a possibility for the Anfield club to sign.
As a result, Brendan Rodgers is keen on making a £10 million bid to sign Stoke’s Begovic.
The Bosnian international has only 20 months left on his current contract with the Britannia Stadium side.
This might make it more easy for the Reds to sign the shot stopper, having seen previous interest rebuffed.
At the time, in the summer of 2013, Stoke wanted £15 million for the ‘keeper.
This saw Liverpool sign Simon Mignolet instead, but Mignolet has faced increased criticism this season.
They could now turn to Begovic to replace him.
Real Madrid are set to turn to Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after being snubbed in their move for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, as reported by the Daily Express.
Since De Gea’s exceptional performance against Everton in the Premier League, Madrid have been reportedly targeting a move for the Spain international.
However, it now seems as though the player will instead agree to a new deal with the Old Trafford club, rather than making a return to Spain.
Real have also been linked with a move for Chelsea’s goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has lost his place to Thibaut Courtois, but they might instead make a move for Stoke City star Begovic.
Begovic has impressed considerably over the last few years, and consistently seems on the cusp of a move to a larger club.
A move will not be easy, with Begovic still having two years left on his contract, but Real could almost certainly blow Stoke’s terms out of the water.