Jack Butland will undergo Manchester United medical today. According to Athletic journalist Laurie Whitwell, goalkeeperof Crystal Palace will have a physical later today (5 January) in preparation for a potential transfer to Manchester United. The 29-year-contract old’s at Selhurst Park has six months left to run. The Eagles can, however, decide to keep him with the team for an additional season.
Given the circumstances, the Red Devils are considering a six-month loan arrangement for the English goalkeeper. Last summer, they acquired Martin Dubravka from Newcastle United on a short-term contract for one season. Midway through his time with the Old Trafford team, the Magpies did, however, recall the Slovakian international. Therefore, Erik ten Hag, the manager, will want a David de Gea backup.
The Red Devils had the option of recalling Dean Henderson from his loan stint at Nottingham Forest, but they chose not to do so. For more playing time, the English goalie joined the Tricky Trees.
The 25-year-old would have been treated unfairly if he had been called up in the middle of his stint at the City Ground just to be put back on the bench. Under the Dutch strategist, De Gea is unquestionably the club’s top choice between the posts. With the exception of the two EFL Cup games earlier this season, the Spaniard has participated in 23 games across all competitions this year.
In that perspective, Butland would be a wise addition to the group. He has prior Premier League playing experience, having played there for seven seasons before to the current season. If the legalities are finished before Manchester United’s FA Cup third-round match against Everton on January 6 is still up in the air.
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