Arsenal’s bid to find a long-term replacement for Petr Cech has suffered a major setback after the Gunners were warned that Jack Butland is not for sell.
The Gunners were looking to sign the England goalkeeper who was sidelined for much of this season through injury. However, he managed to play the last few games of the season and impressively played his way back into the England national team.
Jordan Pickford’s £30 million move to Everton means that Jack Butland could command a fee as high as £25 million or more, but Stoke City are not ready to sell him yet.
The Potters know that a good showing for England at the World Cup could see his value soar to as much as £40 million and are willing to keep him at the Bet365 stadium until after the 2018 world cup.
Arsenal is looking to sign a goalkeeper who can rival Petr Cech as part of their rebuilding process this summer.
Stoke’s resolve is further strengthened by the frustration they are currently experiencing in their quest to permanently sign FC Porto’s Bruno Martins Indi.