As reported by The Daily Mail, Chelsea are considering making a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland to replace potentially outgoing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The paper report that the Stamford Bridge outfit are bracing themselves for a bid from Real Madrid for Courtois, who is keen on a return to La Liga for family reasons.
However, Chelsea are already preparing for his departure, looking to move for Stoke City man Jack Butland, according to the report.
The Mail say he could move for more than £30m, with Stoke looking for more money than what Everton paid for Jordan Pickford.
There’s no getting around it, Stoke City had a dreadful 2017/18 season and the Blues wouldn’t ordinarily trouble themselves with looking at talent from a relegated club.
Butland conceded a massive 63 goals across the season, keeping just 6 clean sheets, which is hardly the most impressive record to catch the eye of a top six side.
However, without the England international, Stoke may have ended up conceding many more and there are few goalkeepers who got as much shot-stopping practice as the 25-year-old last term.
He’s set to compete for the number one position in the England set-up at this summer’s World Cup, a tournament that could go a long way towards demonstrating whether Butland is ready for the elite level required at Chelsea.
Rated at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, Butland is a talented goalkeeper with significant long-term potential and if Chelsea can look past his troubled season with Stoke, they could be making a very shrewd signing indeed.