Liverpool are unlikely to make a £40m move for Stoke keeper Jack Butland, reckons Liverpool Echo Editor Andy Kelly.
The journalist made the claim on Twitter, after BBC Sport shared gossip that the Englishman could come to Anfield for a record-breaking £40m deal that would make him the world’s most expensive stopper.
Frankly I'd be astonished if this happened. Pretty sure it won't. https://t.co/aoWvRWduqM
— Andy Kelly (@AndyK_LivNews) March 10, 2018
No disrespect to Butland, but we’re quite glad about this.
If we’re going to try and upgrade Loris Karius, with Simon Mignolet a certainty to depart, we should be looking at a truly elite keeper.
Butland is decent but ultimately inconsistent.
The potential new arrival needs to be an automatic improvement on Karius, who’s done well since winning a spot in the side.
Roma’s Alisson and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak fit the mould, although both be astronomically expensive.
Still, their performances this term for their respective clubs prove how exceptional they really are.
Alisson is the one more likely available, and despite Karius’s form, a chance to bring in Brazil’s no.1 would likely be too good to miss.