MANCHESTER CITY are set to battle it out with title rivals Manchester United for Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, with Alex Ferguson desperate to find a replacement for the under-fire David de Gea.
City manager Roberto Mancini wants the Bosnian to switch to Eastlands and keep first-choice Joe Hart on his toes, but it is unclear as to how he would feel about playing second fiddle to the England international.
The news has put Mancini on course for a fight with neighbour Alex Ferguson, who believes Begovic is the right man to take over from under-fire David de Gea.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis paid Portsmouth £3million for the 25-year-old keeper's services in 2010 but his value has improved significantly thanks to his fine form for the Potters.
Begovic nearly quit the Britannia for Chelsea, before eventually establishing himself as the club's first choice.