According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are ready to fight each other for the signature of Stoke ‘keeper Jack Butland.
At just 24-years-old, Butland is one of the hottest properties in the goalkeeping world, after a number of phenomenal performances over the last two years.
Having only recently returned from injury, interest from clubs was put on hold in January. However, with Butland now fighting fit, the elite clubs have come sniffing, hoping that they can land the England international.
It’s safe to say that buying a goalkeeper this summer is perhaps the least of Arsenal’s concerns. While Petr Cech looks a shadow of the player he was 5 years ago, he is still a capable man between the sticks and still has a number of years of first team football ahead of him. Butland will not move to sit on the bench at the Emirates, so unless Wenger moves Cech on, which seems unlikely, Butland will not be heading to Arsenal.
While United may currently have the best goalkeeper in the Premier League on their books, persistent rumours linking David De Gea to Real Madrid seem perilously close to coming true. Should De Gea return to Spain this summer, Butland would be a fantastic replacement.
As it stands, Manchester City are in need of a new goalkeeper more than any of their bidding rivals. With Joe Hart unlikely to return to the first team and Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero simply not looking up to the required standard, it would not be a surprise to see Butland head to Eastlands.
Why? Unless Chelsea would make a move simply to ensure that rival clubs don’t land a future star, there is no current need for Jack Butland at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have one of the best young ‘keepers in the world in Thibaut Courtois, and a more than able deputy in Asmir Begovic.