Perhaps the most vocal lot in the Transfer Tavern this evening are the Chelsea fans who are already looking towards next season after a nightmare campaign in West London. Their excitement has only been added to following reports in the Sun that the club are lining up Stoke City stopper Jack Butland for a summer move in order to shake up their options between the sticks.
Though the Blues boast two top class ‘keepers already, both Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge as Antonio Conte prepares for a major squad overhaul upon his arrival as the club’s new boss after Euro 2016.
The former has been linked with a return to Spain, where he enjoyed so much success while on a three-year loan stint with Atletico Madrid – winning the La Liga title and reaching the Champions League final.
City rivals Real Madrid are said to be plotting a huge summer deal to prize the Belgian back to the Spanish capital as they look for a long-term replacement to Iker Casillas.
His understudy, Begovic, is understood to be disgruntled at his lack of first-team football since his own move from the Potters last season, despite Courtois’ dip in form for large parts of the season.
Ironically, the Bosnian was replaced as Number 1 at the Britannia Stadium by the 23-year old.
As a result, Conte is believed to be weighing up a move for the England ace should he lose both his custodians over the course of the summer.
Butland, who was linked with a move to Liverpool, recently penned a new long-term deal in Staffordshire following his emergence as the club’s first-choice ‘keeper.
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