According to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth have cooled their interest in signing Jack Butland. The Cherries have reportedly been put off by Stoke City’s asking price for the goalkeeper. The Championship club are demanding an initial £25 million, with add-ons which could take the deal up to £30 million, for the England man.
In light of this, Eddie Howe is set to take his search for a new No. 1 elsewhere, and might consider Marcus Bettinelli of Fulham. Certainly, Howe is keen to find a new first choice ‘keeper, to move ahead of Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic in the pecking order at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth would be the ideal destination for Butland. He must secure a return to the Premier League this summer if he is to stand any chance of forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad. With the likes of Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Tom Heaton, Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy, amongst others, all competing in the top flight, Butland has no chance of adding to his nine caps whilst he remains in the second tier.
For that reason, the 26-year-old must seek to force a move away from Stoke this summer. He has represented the club since 2013, and is loved by the fans, but now is the time to go. For the sake of his career, Butland must hand in a transfer request and request to have his price tag lowered. This may cause Bournemouth to revive their interest in him, which could save his international career.