Alex McCarthy has become Southampton’s No.1 after Fraser Forster’s dramatic dip in form, but manager Mark Hughes still doesn’t look entirely convinced with the goalkeeping options he has at his disposal. According to the Daily Mail, the Saints are interested in signing Manchester City stopper Angus Gunn, though Jack Butland could be a much better solution.
Butland, who is valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, is likely to be available for transfer after Stoke City’s relegation to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old is highly rated in England, so would probably still command a sizeable transfer fee despite Stoke’s Championship status, but even at the price of £30m, for example, Butland represents good value in the transfer market.
Outside of the Premier League top six and their group of elite goalkeepers which includes the likes of David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, Butland has been one of the standout No.1s across the rest of the division for years now.
Based on ability alone, Jordan Pickford is arguably the only superior goalkeeper in that domain of the Premier League table. But if it wasn’t for a serious ankle injury that halted his development, then Butland may have been the better No.1 in this moment of time.
Despite stagnating quite a bit, Butland is still a quality goalkeeper who will only improve. Chelsea are known to have a long-standing interest in the Stoke City man, as reported by the Daily Mail, while a possible move to Anfield is something which is always touted.
However, if neither Chelsea or Liverpool try to sign Butland in this transfer window, then Southampton could be a suitable destination for the English goalkeeper.