A new keeper to challenge the current Arsenal number one, Wojciech Szczesny is one of the transfer targets on Arsene Wenger’s January shopping list. After being linked with a number of older players, such as Pepe Reina from Liverpool, the Prof seems to have gone the other way as he is preparing a bid for the 19-year old stopper from Birmingham City, Jack Butland.
If the report in the Daily Star is accurate, Birmingham will be willing to sell their star asset because of financial restraints, and Arsenal think a bid of around £6 million will be enough to make Butland a Gunner. This would mean that Wenger is not just looking for an understudy to keep the Polish international on his toes, but is looking to the future.
Butland is fancied to be a real prospect and is hailed as a future England keeper. He was the first choice at the Olympics for Team GB, and has played at all levels of the international set up since under-16s. He has all the attributes to make him a world class keeper, including a 6ft 5in frame, great reflexes and athleticism.
With Southampton and Fulham also very keen to take him, the only real problem for Arsenal is whether Butland wants guaranteed regular competitive football, because he may not get it at the Emirates.