The Wolves fans in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new season when they will play Premier League football for the first time since 2012, and they are eagerly anticipating the arrival of a handful of new players to ensure a smooth transition into the top-flight.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will move into the new season with plenty of expectation resting on their shoulders after blowing away the rest of the competition in the Championship this season. Naturally, new recruits will be necessary for the club to hold their own in the top-flight, but it’s clear they possess a solid basis from which to build upon this summer.
Improving the spine of the team is always a wise place to start with regards to transfer strategy, so it’s fair to say Wolves have the right idea by targeting Stoke City’s Jack Butland (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt). According to The Times, Butland is set to leave the Potters this summer in search of top-flight football and Molineux represents his most-likely destination at this moment in time.
If reports from The Times prove to be true, Wolves would be taking a giant step towards securing their safety before a single minute of football had even been played. Although Butland has been relegated with his side, it must be considered that he was a rare bright spark within a dark season for the club as plenty of Stoke’s outfield players let him down throughout the campaign.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper is far too good to be playing his trade in the second-tier of English football, so a move to Wolves would certainly be in his best interests this summer. However, the Wanderers must consider that interest from a handful of Europe’s top clubs is likely to be rife in the transfer market – especially if Gareth Southgate opts to start him over Jordan Pickford at the World Cup.
Now that Stoke City have been relegated, it’s vital that Wolves act fast to secure Butland’s signature and make a statement of intent regarding their ambitions for the future. Wolves would be acquiring a technically gifted goalkeeper who possesses both immense potential to improve and the mentality required to reach it, so Santo should do everything he can to take a giant step towards survival by bringing him to the club.
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