Liverpool transfers: Stoke rubbish talk of Asmir Begovic joining Reds
Liverpool transfers: Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes says the club has not agreed to sell Asmir Begovic to the Reds
Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has quashed reports suggesting Asmir Begovic is set to move to Liverpool this summer.
The Potters goalkeeper has received praise for his consistent performances over the past season despite Stoke narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship.
Tony Pulis’s exit from the club on Tuesday has triggered transfer rumours about numerous Potters stars, and one report in Bosnia claimed Begovic could link up with Liverpool ahead of the news season.
“I want to start preparing on July 10, with all the players of Liverpool,” Begovic was quoted as telling a Bosnian journalist.
However, Scholes has branded the report “complete fabrication” in a bid to quash the mounting speculation that the shot-stopper could leave the Britannia Stadium in the coming months.
“Asmir’s agent rang me as soon as these stories surfaced. He assures me that Asmir doesn’t know the Bosnian journalist and has certainly never spoken to him,” Scholes told Stoke’s website.
“It’s complete fabrication and unfortunately it has been picked up by a paper in this country.
“It’s inevitable when a manager parts company with a club that there’s a period of uncertainty and erroneous newspaper reports certainly don’t help matters.”
Begovic’s futue has been in doubt since Stoke signed highly-rated England international Jack Butland from Birmingham City in the January transfer window.
The Bosnia international has made 93 appearances for Stoke after completing a £3.25m switch to the Potters from Portsmouth in 2010.