Stoke City manager Paul Lambert has delivered a stunning response to the news that Wolverhampton Wanderers are plotting a £35m swoop for Potters keeper Jack Butland this summer, as claimed by The Express.
The Scot has insisted that the figures currently being batted about, which would represent a world record for a goalkeeper, would not even buy one of the stopper’s gloves let alone take him to Molineux permanently, but also added that if Wolves upped their offer they might be willing to talk.
As quoted by Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett on Twitter, Lambert said: “That (£35million bid) might be enough to buy one glove in the current market. Let’s see what happens if the numbers start getting a bit more realistic.”
Lambert, on reports that #wwfc are preparing a £35m bid for Jack Butland: “That might be enough to buy one glove in the current market. Let’s see what happens if the numbers start getting a bit more realistic.” #scfc
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) May 3, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
While Butland is a good keeper, to say he is worthy of becoming the world’s most expensive player to have ever to feature between the sticks is frankly ludicrous. At the current price of £35million, Butland would already go ahead of Ederson and Gianluigi Buffon as the costliest, but to want more than that would blast the current world-record fee for a goalie into the footballing stratosphere – and that’s not forgetting the plight that the Potters are facing in terms of relegation. Butland is an England international and therefore it is unlikely he will want to be playing in the Championship which would ultimately damage his chances of representing his nation on a regular basis. At £35million Stoke cannot afford to turn down Wolves’ advances so expect the 25-year-old to exit the Brittania this summer for no more than the kind of figures that are being talked about.