Chelsea are ready to reignite their interest in Stoke’s Jack Butland as talks over extending Thibaut Courtois’ contract continue to stall, according to reports.
The Belgian shot stopper’s current deal expires in the summer of 2019 but is aware of interest from both Real Madrid and close rivals Atletico.
He will have just a year left on his deal at the end of the season and Chelsea may be forced to cash in or risk losing him for nothing.
And according to the Daily Mail they are already planning ahead with England’s Butland in their sights.
The 24-year-old was wanted by Chelsea while he was at Birmingham in 2013 but opted for the Potteries for a better chance at first team football.
He has since established himself to be one of the top keepers in the Premier League and has ambitions to play in Europe’s most prestigious club competition, the Champions League.
Stoke won’t let him leave on the cheap and will only need to look at Everton’s £30million signing of Jordan Pickford to know they can drive a hard bargain.
Butland, who is sidelined with a broken finger, will consider himself ahead of Pickford in the national team and hopes to pip Joe Hart to the No1 jersey at the World Cup.
Meanwhile Chelsea outcast Marco van Ginkel has urged the club to give him another shot.
The midfielder claims he is better than ever but has made just four appearances since his £8m move in 2013.