Since the final month of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, AFC Bournemouth have been linked with a whole host of potential new goalkeeper signings.
The speculation regarding Asmir Begovic’s future has led to England internationals Jack Butland and Nick Pope both previously being linked with a move to Dean Court, along with Liverpool understudy Simon Mignolet.
Butland appeared to always be the favourite, stuck with Championship side Stoke City if he wanted his career to continue to develop he had to think a move to the top flight of English football was a necessity.
The 26-year-old later confirmed that if a Premier League club was interested, he would want to make the move.
Even at that stage, the assumption appeared to be that a move to AFC Bournemouth could suit all parties, with the exception of Stoke City’s apparent price tag of close to £30million.
The landscape at AFC Bournemouth then appeared to change.
Artur Boruc, who will turn 40 next season then signed a new one-year-contract at Dean Court and with the emergence of young talents in Mark Travers and Aaron Ramsdale, the immediate need of a new goalkeeper seemed to diminish slightly as did reports of the Cherries continued interest in Butland.
Now the Daily Mail have reported that newly promoted side Aston Villa are now the favourites to sign Butland.
That report claimed…
Villa and Bournemouth have both made enquiries for the England international and Villa are expected to make an offer this week with Stoke wanting £23million.
The validity of the report, however, does have to be questioned when in the following sentence they claim the 26-year-old is actually only 23.
I think with Boruc and Travers/Ramsdale we have enough in our locker to fill the goalkeeper position this year and be on the lookout from now for a replacement.
We need to spend in more important areas… 1 more Central midfielder so we can contemplate playing a solid 3 in there and reinforce both Right Back and Left Back.
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