Arsenal are considering a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, according to the Express.
Butland is regarded as one of England’s best goalkeeping talents and he is being tipped by many to become England’s number one in the nearest future.
Despite being injured since last year, Butland has been backed by pundits and betting sites to return to his best which is why the 6ft 5 inch shot stopper is still highly rated in the Premier League and Arsenal are weighing up a move for him.
With Ospina expected to move on in the summer, Arsenal are in search of a young goalkeeper who would become a successor to Petr Cech.
Butland does fit the bill because at 24, he still has a lot of years ahead of him as a goalkeeper. However, it is unlikely he’d want to come sit on the bench and make do with just Cup games when he could be playing week in week out at Stoke City.
The goalkeeper has already shown in the past that he is one who isn’t easily carried away by the chance of moving to a big club, instead he would go where he’ll play regularly.
Prior to his move to Stoke City in 2013, Butland rejected a chance to join Chelsea after the Blues had agreed a fee with his former club Birmingham City because he feared that he wouldn’t make the grade at Stamford Bridge but opted to join the Potters that same transfer window because his chances of playing regularly was higher with them.
Obviously, the goalkeeper’s attitude hasn’t changed a bit as he has quickly dismissed reports linking him with Arsenal by claiming he is only focused on Stoke where he can continue to play regularly.
“I must have done all right this past year, I can’t remember,” Butland laughed off Arsenal’s interest in an interview with Stoke Sentinel, as quoted by London Football.
“That’s football. It’s not anywhere near the transfer window yet, but that’s the way papers work.
“I just take it as a positive that I’m still thought about in the football world after so long out. But my focus is on Stoke, always has been, and playing well.
“I’m just worried about getting playing again, getting the gloves and boots back on.
“My only focus is playing again for Stoke, getting some game time before the end of the season and hopefully start getting back into the England side as well.”
I don’t think there’s any chance we will sign Butland this summer if Cech stays. He’d obviously prefer to stay where he will be number one especially after being out injured for a long time.