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According to the Bleacher Report, despite the Arsene Wenger protestations to the contrary, so usual of Wenger really, Jordan Pickford was on Arsenal’s target list before he chose to join Everton instead in a club record deal this month, netting Sunderland up to £30m.
Now, having failed in their bid to sign one England goalkeeper, Arsenal have redirected their attention onto another as Stoke’s Jack Butland is now a top transfer target for the Gunners, becoming Petr Cech’s long-term replacement.
At the wee hours of his career, Cech, 35, is still contracted for another two years but Arsenal are already searching for a long time successor, which will most likely not come from the current stock.
Giving clarification to the contract issue of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez is seen as the most important task right now and then coming to an agreement with Lyon for Alexandre Lacazette, it all sound like a piece of cake but it is much more that.
Stoke do not necessarily need to sell, Butland just recently signed a five and a half year contract last year, so hold your breath, but these reports claim sources have clearly indicated that Arsenal are seriously focused on Butland, 24, and effort to bring him to the Emirates will continue into next year if needed.
Pickford’s British record fee would probably be broken down, but Arsenal would have to compete with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.