As reported by The Daily Mail, Chelsea are eyeing a big money move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The Blues already have an elite goalkeeper in Belgian international Thibaut Courtois, but with his contract running out in just over 18 months, Chelsea must make contingency plans should he decide not to sign a new deal at the club.
The Daily Mail report that both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Courtois, further complicating matters.
In order to stave off any potential future goalkeeper crisis, The Mail reckon that Chelsea are interested in Stoke City ‘keeper Jack Butland.
The report says he would cost Chelsea more than £30m but that the Blues are big admirers and see him as Courtois’ replacement should the current Chelsea number not extend his contract beyond 2019.
24-year-old Butland has had his fair share of injury problems over the last 18 months but is still regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the English Premier League, always excelling for Stoke when fit an available.
He missed almost the entirety of last season before coming back for the last five matches and keeping two clean sheets, going on to reclaim his number one spot at Stoke at the start of this term. He’s kept 19 clean sheets in 62 matches for Stoke in total, not a bad return at all for a young goalkeeper in a mid-table top-flight team.
Still young, he has plenty of improving to do and is set to eventually become England number one should he keep himself injury free.
Courtois might be one of the best in the world and losing him would undoubtedly be a blow to Chelsea, but they could do a lot worse than Butland as a replacement, who deserves his move to a big club.