Arsenal identify £40m signing as man to replace under-performing first team regular

By on February 12, 2018

According to a report in the Mirror, Arsenal have identified £40m-rated Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland as a transfer target as Arsene Wenger looks to replace Petr Cech this summer.

Cech’s form has slowly declined ever since he joined the club from Chelsea in 2015 and he’s made a number of errors this season that have cost us valuable points.

The Czech legend will turn 36 in May and there is no doubt we need to find a replacement in the summer if we’re to build a squad capable of challenging for the title.

A number of players have been linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks but the Sun – via the Mirror – claims that Arsenal have now identified Butland as a potential target.

The report says we’re ready to battle it out with Liverpool over a deal to sign the 24-year-old but Stoke will demand around £40m for Butland’s signature this summer.

The Merseysiders are also in desperate need of a new reliable goalkeeper as Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are arguably worse than Cech and Jurgen Klopp is seemingly keen on Butland.

He’s become a regular with England and is a hugely talented young keeper so he could be a decent addition if we could fend off the interest from Liverpool to land Butland this summer.

However, I personally think there are better options out there and feel we should be doing everything we can to sign Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak or Alisson from Roma.

The trouble is, both will come with huge price-tags and plenty of big clubs will be interested if they decide to move at the end of the season so we’d face stiff competition.

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with the goalkeeping situation this summer but the reality is we should never have sold Szczesny to Juventus. He would have been our keeper for the next 10 years if we’d have managed him correctly.