As per a report from Sky Sports this evening, Premier League giants Chelsea have identified Stoke City’s Jack Butland as their no.1 option to replace Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois.
On the move
Blues’ shot-stopper Courtois is widely-expected to make the move to La Liga giants Real Madrid imminently, with updates in both Spain and England this afternoon having suggested that the Belgian is pushing harder than ever before for a deal to be completed:
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) August 6, 2018
As such, the Chelsea board look set for a busy couple of days before the Premier League transfer window slams shut on Thursday, with the capital giants no doubt already scrambling in their search to secure a deal for a new goalkeeper.
And, as per the aforementioned update from Sky Sports this evening, the no.1 target of the Blues as things stand is Stoke City’s English international Jack Butland:
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 6, 2018
Butland, 25, has been on the books of Stoke since 2013, with a number of loan spells away from the Potters following his arrival from Birmingham City having eventually seen the gifted shot-stopper establish himself as the club’s no.1 during the 2015/16 campaign.
And , following a horrific ankle fracture which saw Butland ruled out for a full year between March of 2016 and April of 2017, the 8-time capped international returned to once again take his place between the posts at the Bet365 Stadium last season, impressing enough to earn himself a place in England’s World Cup squad, despite Stoke’s relegation.
As such, according to Sky, Chelsea are said to view Butland as the ideal replacement for Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, though the Blues have also been linked with the likes of Pepe Reina and Jan Oblak over the course of the day.