Arsenal face a big challenge ahead this summer to bolster their side for the forthcoming season, following a campaign that has been largely disappointing for Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Gunners are seeking a wealth of recruits across a variety of areas within their squad and a new goalkeeper seems to be on the agenda, as The Daily Star states Arsenal are one of four top-clubs eyeing a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
England international Butland has impressed during his time in Staffordshire and now could make the jump to a European side ahead of next summer’s World Cup, with Manchester City eyeing the 24-year-old as their new first-team goalkeeper.
Chelsea and Manchester United are also keeping tabs, amidst speculation surrounding the futures of Thibaut Courtois and David De Gea respectively, whilst Arsenal’s interest comes with reports suggesting David Ospina is looking for a way out of the Emirates Stadium.
Butland, under contract with Stoke until 2021, will know that moving to a top-six club will significantly bolster his chances of becoming England’s first-choice goalkeeper for the World Cup in Russia next year, as he currently faces competition with Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford.
Involvement in European competition could be enough to secure Butland’s status on the team-sheet, with Pickford and Hart potentially not being involved on the European stage next season- unless they secure moves of their own.
Stoke are desperate to keep hold of Butland and will look to fend off any interest in his services this summer, with Mark Hughes’ side able to command an increased transfer price due to Butland’s homegrown status.