Jack Butland is on the verge of joining Man Utd on loan from Crystal Palace. The 29-year-old is reportedly set to undergo a medical on Thursday, with the Crystal Palace keeper having slipped down the pecking order since being relegated last season. Chelsea and Bayern Munich have also shown interest in the former Leeds United star, with the England international set to become a free agent after this summer’s expiration of his contract with the Eagles.
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland to undergo medical on Thursday
Jack Butland is one step closer to joining Manchester United on a loan deal. He is set to have a medical on Thursday and could then complete the deal before the end of the current season.
The 28-year-old has been a journeyman goalkeeper in English football. He has spent time with Stoke City and Crystal Palace. However, he has not been in the Palace squad since the beginning of the season. This has been mainly due to injury.
During his time at Stoke, Butland made a total of 77 Premier League appearances, making him a very experienced stopper. After his move to Crystal Palace, Butland has played just 10 times in the league.
Since his arrival at Palace, Butland has been a second choice behind Vicente Guaita. The 28-year-old has made 10 appearances for the club in the league and is in the final six months of his contract.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich interested in Butland
Jack Butland is close to signing for Manchester United on a loan deal from Crystal Palace. The 23-year-old has been a part of England’s World Cup and Euro 2012 squads. Despite this, he hasn’t played in the Premier League for Palace this season. He joined the club in October 2020 and is currently serving as a back-up goalkeeper to Vicente Guaita yalla shoot.
Butland is believed to have a medical at the club tomorrow, and is likely to be announced a deal after he passes his test. This clearly shows United’s interest in bringing a second-choice keeper to the club.
Butland is expected to join on a six-month loan, with the option to extend it to another year. He would then become a free agent at the end of the season.
Butland wants to disrupt contract discussions
In a recent article, Sportsmail reported that Manchester United were planning to make a surprise bid for Crystal Palace’s goalkeeper Jack Butland. The 29-year-old is believed to be on the verge of joining the Reds on loan.
Butland has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past, but hasn’t yet played for the Premier League side. He has been in England’s World Cup squad, but hasn’t played in a league game this season.
However, the 29-year-old has been in positive discussions with United, and hopes to become a key player at Old Trafford. While the two sides haven’t discussed a permanent deal yet, Butland is expected to sign a six-month loan deal.
As for his future, Butland wants to be part of a strong Champions League team. That’s a big ask for a player who hasn’t seen much game time in the Premier League since coming to Crystal Palace in 2020.
Butland’s contract expires in the summer
The rumour mill has turned to Manchester United with the news that Jack Butland is set to join the club on loan. It appears that the 29-year-old has agreed to sign a six-month deal, with his medical set to take place on Thursday.
Butland has been Crystal Palace’s third-choice goalkeeper in recent months, with Sam Johnstone and Vicente Guaita the club’s first and second-choice keepers. Butland’s contract is due to expire next summer, and the club have the option to extend it by another year.
The Ireland Under-21 international is also attracting interest from Championship clubs. He made his professional debut in February and started a 1-0 win over Stoke City.
He could be the first back-up to David de Gea at United. However, it is unclear whether the 29-year-old will make his debut against Everton on Friday.
Butland’s form has dipped since Palace’s relegation
Butland’s form has been on the slide since Stoke were relegated last season. With Vicente Guaita set to leave at the end of the season, there are opportunities for Butland to reclaim the No.1 spot at Crystal Palace.
While Butland has been ineffective, he is still young and has a chance to regain his best form. Dean Kiely, Roy Hodgson and a fresh environment are all a positive for Butland, which can help him recover his confidence and take his game to the next level.
He could make his debut against Everton on Friday. In the meantime, he has been given the green light to talk to other clubs about pre-contracts for the coming season. Those negotiations are likely to take place this week.
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