Jack Butland pops up in Burnley transfer talk amid Nick Pope to Chelsea link


Jack Butland is on the short list as Burnley prepare a contingency plan if Nick Pope leaves for Chelsea, according to the Bleacher Report.

England keeper and former Nathan Jones protege Pope has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge through 2020, with a suggested price tag of £50m.

Chelsea have also been reportedly keen on Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as they look to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

It seems that their pursuit could have a knock-on effect in England or Spain and send the goalkeeper transfer dominoes tumbling.

Dean Jones writes: “Burnley starting to look at possible new goalkeeper options in case Nick Pope joins Chelsea. Jack Butland is one name of interest.”

Joe Hart has left Burnley already but Sean Dyche has Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Staffordshire-born Adam Legzdins and 21-year-old Lukas Jensen on his books.

Butland’s agent Paul Stretford has already said this week that he is hopeful he can cut a deal for an exit, with 12 months remaining on a contract that won’t be extended.

He said: “Talks have been ongoing with Stoke City for the past two years since Jack made it clear his preference was not to extend his existing contract.

“Last season there were some very interesting opportunities for Jack but, due to differing reasons, they did not materialise.

“Relations between Jack, the manager and the club remain in a good place and if we are able to find the right fit for Jack then I am confident that conditions are right for a deal to happen.”

He added: “[If no move materialises] either in the summer or next January’s window – Jack will stay with Stoke City until the end of his current contract at the end of next season.”

Stoke chairman Peter Coates admits they will not fight tooth and nail to keep Butland.

He told Radio Stoke: “We have said we are open to offers and we will see how that plays out.”

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