Chelsea make enquiries to sign Stoke stopper Jack Butland
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Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in signing Stoke star Jack Butland, according to reports.
Butland has made 88 appearances for Stoke since his debut 2013 but the 25-year-old is expected to move on the summer after the Potters were relegated from the EPL.
With Thibaut Courtois understood to be Real Madrid’s top goalkeeping target, Chelsea are scouring the market for possible replacements. Roma shot-stopper Alisson is wanted by both Chelsea and Liverpool but the Brazilian would reportedly demand a fee of around 79m pound. The Daily Mail suggests Butland has emerged as a more economic option ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
It’s claimed the Blues made enquiries about Butland earlier this season to discover the potential availability of the England international. Stoke will demand at least 30m pound for Butland, a fee which would break Jordan Pickford’s British record for a goalkeeper.
Asked about his future earlier this week, the Englishman responded: ‘I’m contracted to Stoke. I’m really looking forward to this summer and the World Cup is the main part of that. What will be will be, I don’t have anything in the pipeline and there’s no focus on that at the minute.
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