Report: Manchester United monitoring Stoke stopper Jack Butland

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The 22-year-old has been exceptional for the Potters this season.

Manchester United have included Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland on a list of potential replacements for David de Gea, just in case the Spaniard ends up leaving Old Trafford in the near future, the Daily Mail reports.

Real Madrid have often been linked with offering the Red Devils' current number one a return to the Spanish capital (via Mail) nearly five years after he moved to the Premier League from Atletico Madrid.

And while Los Blancos' transfer ban has seemingly dashed the chances of a deal happening, United have still decided to put together a list of possible alternatives for the 25-year-old (via Mail).

The Sun previously reported that Kasper Schmeichel was attracting attention, and it now appears that he is joined on the list by the Stoke stopper. 

Butland is enjoying a fantastic season for Mark Hughes' side this term, helping the Potters put themselves 7th in the Premier League, well in contention for a Europa League qualification spot.

Like de Gea, he has often caught the attention by pulling off some truly astonishing saves. And while Stoke have their contingent of exciting wingers and forwards that have come from some of the biggest clubs from around Europe, it has largely been down to Butland that they find themselves so high up the table. 

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