The world’s most expensive goalkeeper is likely to be a Liverpool player next season.
Despite the great strides made by Loris Karius since he replaced Simon Mignolet as the Reds’ number one at the start of the year, it is understood that manager Jurgen Klopp still wants to enhance his goalkeeping options and is prepared to pay big.
And it is understood that the Merseyside giants would rather sign the England international than Roma’s Brazilian number one Alisson Becker, because Butland has Premier League experience under his belt.
Alisson, however, is one of the world’s very best shot-stoppers and Liverpool fans made it clear on Twitter that they would rather him between the sticks that Butland.
The report claims that esteemed sporting director Monchi is very interested in Toulouse’s 19-year-old prodigy Alban Lafont, the youngest goalkeeper in Ligue 1 history, and will make a move should Alisson depart.
Interestingly, Newcastle United have also been linked with Lafont, who made his professional debut at 16 and has been Toulouse’s number one ever since. But if Roma beat the Magpies to the France U20 star, Liverpool’s chances of luring Alisson to the Premier League will receive a major boost.
Although with Butland the favourite, Klopp may have a dilemma on his hands.