World-Record Bid From Liverpool
Liverpool are prepared to bid £40million for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Reports today claim Stoke are resigned to losing the 24-year-old who is in contention to be England’s first-choice keeper at the World Cup finals in Russia this summer.
The Sunday Mirror claims today that Liverpool are ready to put in a world-record bid for a keeper. That currently stands at £34.7million which Manchester City paid to Benfica for Ederson last summer.
Butland moved from Birmingham City to Stoke City for £3million in January 2013. He had loan spells at Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby County before taking as place as the Potters’ first-choice keeper in 2014.
Butland now has 80 first-team appearances under his belt for the Potters as well as six caps for the England national team.
But Stoke lie in one of the bottom three positions in the Premier League although they are only one point away from safety. Relegation will seal Butland’s fate.
Liverpool have also been linked with Roma keeper Alisson. However, with just one season of regular first-team football under his belt for the Serie A side the Brazilian represents a greater risk than Butland.
Roma recently put a price tag of €50million (£44million) on the 25-year-old. Alisson made no fewer than 12 saves last weekend as the side surprised top-of-the-table Napoli with a 4-2 away win last weekend.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has put a new goalkeeper at the top of his list of priorities for the summer. Neither Simon Mignolet nor Loris Karius have impressed between the sticks for the side although Karius has made the keeper’s jersey his own in recent weeks.
Certainly one of those keepers – probably Mignolet – looks set to be sold this summer. Karius would be kept on to act as understudy to the new man.