The Wolves fans in the Transfer Tavern are pleased by recent reports which link their side with an ambitious move for Stoke City’s Jack Butland, but there is reason to suggest they would be wise to divert their attention elsewhere this summer.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are looking forward to the new season where they will play their trade in the top-flight of English football for the first time since 2012. The strength of the current Wolves squad suggests they should have no problem in meeting the standard that is required to succeed in the Premier League, but that should not prevent them from making a handful of key additions to their squad this summer.
According to reports from The Daily Express, Wolves are interested in making a whopping £35 million bid to sign Jack Butland this summer if the Potters are relegated from the top-flight, although they face competition from West Ham United and Liverpool for his signature. Considering Butland has made a handful of mistakes this season and still lacks consistency in his game, Wolves should reevaluate their options this summer and focus on cheaper alternatives.
Although Butland would be a decent signing, there are plenty of better ways to spend £35 million, one of which is to land Manchester United’s Sam Johnstone (valued at £2.25 million by Transfermarkt) instead, and use the leftover funds to strengthen in other areas of the pitch. The Wanderers know plenty about Johnstone from his performances at Aston Villa in the Championship this season which have been consistently solid and eye-catching.
Villa will certainly be eager to turn his temporary deal into a permanent one, but if they fail to achieve promotion then Wolves will have a brilliant opportunity to complete a deal. With David De Gea and Sergio Romero ahead of Johnstone in the pecking order, Jose Mourinho should be willing to entertain offers for his services this summer,
Johnstone has demonstrated a huge level of potential in the Championship during almost 18 months with the Villans, and the experience he has gained should hold him in good stead to make his mark on the Premier League next season. Wolves will have to be shrewd in the transfer market to ensure they hold their own in the top-flight next season, so they should abandon their pursuit of Butland and instead grab a bargain by bringing Johnstone to Molineux this summer.
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