Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to leave Selhurst Park this summer, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.
What’s the word?
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Tom Barclay said: “If there’s a suitable destination, Jack Butland will probably leave this summer”.
This comes as ahead of Sam Johnstone’s pending arrival at the club on a free transfer.
It was The Sun who reported last month that newly-promoted Bournemouth and Scottish giants Rangers would be interested in signing the Englishman should he be allowed to leave the Eagles.
A move away from the club for Butland isn’t a surprise and it may give him a chance to revitalise his career elsewhere.
Supporters will be delighted
The £35k per week contract that Butland is on can represent a good saving for the club. He appeared just 15 times in all competitions last season and made 30 saves.
It means over the last campaign he cost the club £66.6k per save that he made, and in Johnstone they can get a backup goalkeeper who will be on a lot less money.
Should Palace sell Jack Butland?
Once touted as a future England number one he has never really reached the potential expected of him, he’s not a bad goalkeeper by any means, but he’s not at Premier League level anymore.
Apart from a handful of seasons in the top flight with Stoke City, he hasn’t been a number one choice for a club in the division, and whilst he would make a good back up, the wages he’s on aren’t worth it.
It would also make the most sense for him to move to a club where he will get regular game time which will help prolong his career at the top level.
He would be an asset to any Championship club, with The Sun also reporting that Birmingham City and Middlesbrough are keeping tabs on his future, so it seems he’s not short on offers.
His departure would also give Palace the opportunity to re-invest in an outfield player who will be more of an asset in helping Vieira’s side finish in a higher position next season.
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