Liverpool have been lifted after a goalkeeper target was told he can leave this week for a modest fee, while Juan Mata could be on the move after a massive proposal for the Manchester United playmaker, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.
JACK BUTLAND TO LEAVE STOKE
Stoke have put Jack Butland up for sale and are determined to offload the keeper before the week is out.
The former England keeper’s contract at Stoke expires next summer and a parting of ways seems inevitable.
Butland remains one of the Potters’ highest earners following their relegation at the end of the 2017/2018 season.
He has been linked with a move to Liverpool over recent days as the Reds look to bring in more goalkeeper cover.
Regular No 1 Alisson is sidelined for around six weeks with a shoulder injury. His deputy Adrian once again failed to cover himself in glory since stepping in. He shipped seven goals in the humiliating 7-2 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday.
It was claimed on Friday that the Spanish stopper may never play for the Reds again. While perhaps only culpable for one of the goals, Adrian’s performances have come under scrutiny before. He was blamed as Liverpool lost to Atletico Madrid just before lockdown.
With the EFL window closing on Friday, deals between Premier League and EFL clubs can still be conducted.
As per the Daily Mirror, who cite Football Insider, Butland has been told he can leave this week before the window shuts.
Stoke are reported to have placed a £5m price on Butland’s head – a fee that would not dissuade Liverpool.
It certainly would not come as a shock to see Butland in Liverpool’s goal during their next game against Everton a week today.
HUGE OFFER FOR JUAN MATA
Juan Mata has received a lucrative contract offer from the Middle East worth around £11.5m per year. (Daily Express)
Mesut Ozil has reportedly turned down a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia to stay at Arsenal. (Daily Express)
Real Madrid have no interest in signing Paul Pogba next summer. (Daily Mirror)
Christian Eriksen is frustrated at starting this season largely on the bench for Inter Milan. (The Independent)
West Ham are ready to double Declan Rice’s wages to £120k-a-week after pricing the midfielder out of a Chelsea transfer. (The Sun)
NEW DE BRUYNE DEAL
Allan Saint-Maximin has challenged Newcastle to qualify for Europe if they want to keep him. (The Sun)
Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has revealed he is in talks with Vince McMahon over a shock career move to WWE. (The Sun)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Jack Wilshere says he would like a crack at La Liga or Serie A after his contract with West Ham was terminated this week. (The Sun)
Manchester City are hopeful Pep Guardiola will sign a new contract but will start looking for a successor if the manager was to signal a desire to leave. (Daily Telegraph)
The San Francisco 49ers are planning to increase their minority stake in Leeds United. (Daily Telegraph)
England boss Gareth Southgate fears the European Championships may not go ahead next summer. (Daily Star)