Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has denied the claims that he has asked the Potters to sanction a sale over the summer transfer window amidst rumours of a potential interest from Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The 24-year-old stopper is currently aiming to become England’s No.1 at the World Cup in Russia later this year and if he manages to impress the spectators, a bid from the aforementioned clubs could well and truly be on the cards. A report from The Gambling Times, a couple of days back, quoted that the keeper is all set to leave Stoke City this summer after telling his club’s hierarchy that he wants to leave the club he joined back in 2013 from Birmingham City.
However, getting a deal done won’t be a walk in the park for any of the aforementioned sides, given that his current contract with Stoke runs for another 3 years. Hence, there is no real urgency or fear amongst the Stoke City faithful regarding his exit. Should the Potters agree to do any kind of business, they would demand a fee in excess of £40million, which would make him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.
Starting with Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman’s interest in Butland is evident given that Petr Cech is not getting any younger and at the age of 35, he does not really have many years ahead of him. Furthermore, as far as Chelsea are concerned, Thibaut Courtois has entered the final 18 months of his current contract and although Chelsea are eager to hand him a new deal, no talks about the same have progressed till date.
Finally, as things stand for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s desire to sign a new goalkeeper was made evident when Liverpool had a bid rejected for Alisson of AS Roma. The deal, however, didn’t go through, but the Reds are expected to monitor new stoppers over the upcoming transfer market and Butland could well top their list.
Before this spreads any further, i haven’t told the club i want to leave, i’m focused on doing everything i can to keep the club in this division! stop believing everything you read! https://t.co/2VN8N8OCFa
— Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) February 13, 2018
Their pursuit, however, has been dealt a major blow as the player himself has brushed all the exit rumours away, claiming that he hasn’t told Stoke that he wants to leave. The 24-year-old took to Twitter to deny rumours and said,
“Before this spreads any further, I haven’t told the club I want to leave, I’m focused on doing everything I can to keep the club in this division!” Butland posted.
Stoke currently sit 19th on the Premier League log and have only won one of their last 9 matches in all competitions. Things look gloomy for the Potters right at this very moment and if they fail to get themselves up by the end of the season, Butland might really think of making a move.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win
Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.
The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.
“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.
“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”
The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.
“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”
The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.
The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.
“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”
The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.
“It’s like one of those goals you’d see Maradona score” – BBC commentators in awe of Liverpool star in 4-0 win over Bournemouth
The Egyptian rounded the Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic twice, before beating a couple of players on the goal-line.
The 26-year-old won a lot of plaudits for the goal, and one BBC commentator claimed this goal had an air of “Diego Maradona” about it.
Conor McNamara raved about Salah’s goal on BBC 5 Live (h/t Express):
“You don’t see that often. He goes around the goalkeeper twice, he’s calmness personified. It’s like one of those goals you’d see Maradona score in the 80s.
“It was the sort of flick you do if you’re playing with your nephews in the back garden or something ‘lets flick it passed you no problem’, he just sort of nonchalantly scored.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell compared it to a classic goal scored by Ricky Villa for Tottenham, while McNamara claimed the goal was “outrageous” and showed just how confident Salah is of his abilities.
“You go around the goalkeeper and he’s thinking hang on a minute, I’ve done it once, I’ll do it again.”
The Egyptian is peaking into form at the right time, which is perfect for us as we look to make it to the next round of the Champions League.
The Reds face Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday, where we need a 1-0 win or a two-goal difference win (if the Italians score).
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