Arsenal have identified Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland as the man to replace Petr Cech in goals long-term (via The Express).
After a few barren years, England is now a country spoilt with top goalkeepers. Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton as well as youngster Jordan Pickford have all established themselves as viable international team members.
Well, it seems that Arsenal have turned their attention to another English goalkeeper as a potential long-term player, Jack Butland.
The Stoke City stopper missed almost all of last season with injury but that hasn’t stopped Arsenal’s interest in Jack Butland.
“If Jack’s going to leave Stoke it’s going to be for a huge club,” said the player’s agent, Gary Mellor. “A club that’s playing in the Champions League.
“If that sort of club did come in for Jack I think Stoke would recognise that any player would want to go and play at the highest level they possibly can.
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“But then Jack is in no hurry. He’s come out quite publicly to say he is happy at Stoke City and he wants to win things at Stoke City.
“I am lucky enough to be old enough to have stood in the Boothen End behind Gordon Banks and I didn’t think I’d ever get a goalkeeper like that again for Stoke City. I think we have, I place him that highly.
Jack Butland is an outstanding young goalkeeper and his performances for Stoke in the 2015-16 season proved that he can go just about anywhere. If the player can be signed for a decent price then that’s absolutely something which Arsenal should be considering.