Chelsea target Jack Butland heading to Stoke City

Stu Forster

Chelsea had pinpointed Butland as a potential backup to Petr Cech, but Butland wanted to continue starting. What exactly does that mean for Asmir Begovic though?

It seemed clear that Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland was going to end up changing clubs today, and Sky Sports is now reporting that Stoke City and Birmingham have come to an agreement that will see Butland become a Stoke player.

There have been reports that Stoke are planning to leave Butland at Birmingham for the remainder of this season, and if that's the case, it would seem likely that Asmir Begovic remains at Stoke for the remainder of the season as well. Begovic would almost certainly be moving on in the summer because of this though, and Chelsea would seem like a logical landing place for the long time target.

While it would be nice to upgrade Ross Turnbull as soon as humanly possible, it doesn't become a pressing need until both of our backup goalkeepers are out of contract in June. This turn of events will probably see the goalkeeper rumors quiet down for the rest of today, but I'd expect to see us linked to Begovic repeatedly between now and the summer transfer window. For those of you that go out of your way to avoid watching Stoke City games (and few could blame you), you may now have a reason to tune in and watch.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker