Butland is destined to change clubs this summer. (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool should take advantage of Jack Butland’s uncertain future at Stoke City and sign the England international this summer, according to former defender Mark Lawrenson.
Loris Karius’ error-strewn display in the Champions League final against Real Madrid is expected to lead to the Reds moving for a new stopper.
Roma’s Alisson Becker has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield but the Serie A club will demand £79m to part ways with the Brazil international.
Jurgen Klopp has already kick-started his summer spending with the signing of Fabinho from Monaco, while Naby Keita will also arrive from RB Leipzig after an agreement was struck last year.
And Lawrenson feels that any leftover cash should be spent on Butland, who is destined to leave Stoke this summer following their relegation from the Premier League.
‘He’s had a poor season,’ Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘Maybe this might be the time to take him.
‘You’ll have to look around to see how much money they’ve got.
Chelsea could look to Butland to replace Thibaut Courtois. (Picture: Getty Images)‘I don’t think the budget was assigned for the outfield player. He might miss out on an outfield player to get a goalkeeper.’
Chelsea have recently been linked with a move for Butland amid speculation regarding the long-term future of Thibaut Courtois, though any deal is expected to cost around £30m.
Butland is currently with the England squad preparing for the World Cup where he is expected to start the tournament as the number two behind Jordan Pickford.
Speaking last month upon being included in England’s 23-man squad, the 25-year-old indicated he would wait until after the summer to decide his future.
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‘I’m contracted to Stoke. I’m really looking forward to this summer and the World Cup is the main part of that,’ he said. ‘What will be will be, I don’t have anything in the pipeline and there’s no focus on that at the minute.
‘The most important thing for me is being part of a successful England squad and being as big a part of it as I can. That’s my only goal right now.
‘Any time you get called up for England is incredible, especially after a tough season, but regardless of whatever happened in the season a World Cup year is something special for all of us.’