Arsenal and Stoke City set to being talks on £8 million transfer deal

Arsenal and Stoke City are preparing to open talks about the future of Bosnian shot-stopper Asmir Begovic.

The Gunners will be looking to strengthen their goalkeeping choices with Lukasz Fabianski weighing up his options and loanee Emiliano Viviano set to return to Palermo.

Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he wants competition for the number one shirt and currently Wojciech Szczesny is the only senior goalkeeper at the club.

Arsenal officials will be looking to open talks with Stoke who are thought to be looking for around £8 million for the goalkeeper, who has played more than 100 games for the Potters.

Begovic, a former Canadian youth international, moved to Stoke in 2010 from Portsmouth for a fee of £3.25 million and is now recognised as one of the strongest shot-stoppers in the Premier League.

Stoke though, will be in no rush to sell as long-term replacement Jack Butland, 21, has spent the season on loan at Birmingham, Barnsley, and Leeds United.

Second choice goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is said to be considered an offer before deciding on where his own future lies.

On May 6 it was announced that Begovic had made the Bosnia-Hercegovina squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Updated: May 24, 2014 — 10:30 pm © 2013 Frontier Theme