Chelsea are ready to make a fresh move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland after contract talks stalled with Thibaut Courtois.
The Belgian stopper has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid as they continue their search for a new glovesman, while Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be keen on the 25-year-old.
With his future unclear, Chelsea are preparing a contingency plan in the event of a summer exit and Butland is high up on their list of replacements, according to the Daily Mail.
Butland is also in the thoughts of Manchester United, should David De Gea be prised away, and the England international spoke during the last transfer window about how he would ‘deal with’ the pressure of replacing the Spaniard at Old Trafford.
But with Courtois struggling to agree a new deal with Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG believe the Belgium international could be easier to land, meaning Antonio Conte’s side must prepare for his potential departure.
Stoke will not let the 24-year-old leave on the cheap, though, and will command at least the same as Jordan Pickford’s British transfer record fee of £30million paid by Everton in the summer.
Butland previously turned down Chelsea in 2013 when at Birmingham City, opting to join Stoke instead to pursue first-team Premier League football.
But if Courtois was out of the picture, he believes he can step up and do the job at Stamford Bridge.