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Arsenal to Rival Liverpool for 24-year-old star

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Jack Butland

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to rival Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in the summer.

According to The Sun, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made Butland one of his prime targets in the summer and he is ready to spend big so as to beat Arsenal to the 24-year-old signature.

Simon Mignolet who has been Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper since his move to the Anfield stadium in 2013 during Brendan Rodgers reign as manager, is reportedly set to move out of the Merseyside club after being replaced with Karius in Klopp’s starting lineup in recent matches.

Karius is also not sure of staying with the Reds beyond the summer thereby making it compulsory for the German manager to get capable replacements for both players.

Having seen Petr Cech made some costly errors this season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there is a need to get new and young quality shot-stopper who could replace the ageing Czech International should he decide to end his stay at the Emirates stadium.

Wenger has been a longtime admirer of the England’s netminder as he made an enquiry about the player’s availability during the previous transfer market but he didn’t get a positive response from his scouts as Stoke refused to let him leave.

The Sun further reports that Butland is considering leaving the Bet365 stadium in the summer to a club where his qualities would be more projected to the world.

Stoke City are said to receive nothing less than £40million for them to sanction Butland’s move away from the Bet365 stadium in the summer.

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