This seasoned veteran has been linked to the Blues, but it’s unclear if the team can afford his high price.
In an attempt to bolster his new team, Wayne Rooney has been linked to a transfer for goalkeeper Jack Butland via Birmingham City. Concerns exist, though, over the high price Rangers are asking for their summer acquisition.
Football Insider disclosed last week that the Scottish Premiership team is not open to considering any January proposals for Butland. When his contract with Crystal Palace expired in July, the Gers signed him on a free transfer, bringing him to Ibrox.
A follow-up report from Football Insider has disclosed how much Rangers respect their goalie in the midst of Birmingham’s interest. The Gers are reportedly valued at a “private valuation” of around £5 million, which may be too much for the Blues to afford.
Carlton Palmer recently commented on Butland’s asking price, saying that although he can see why the Glasgow team came up with that amount, Birmingham doesn’t have the resources to satisfy the demand.
Since Butland is now thirty years old, £5 million would still be a significant sum of money to pay for a player of his caliber. I’m positive Birmingham City cannot pay the transfer fee and his wage,” the former Leeds United and West Brom player stated football league world.
Butland is a highly esteemed player who has garnered considerable recognition throughout the years. During his time with him at Palace, Patrick Vieira called him a “consummate professional.”
Rooney joined St Andrew’s earlier this month, and with 12 games played so far this season, the Blues have accrued 18 points, positioning them to move up the Championship table. Although Butland has been connected to the West Midlands team, the Blues already have two skilled goalies on their squad in Neil Etheridge and John Ruddy. Birmingham will probably have to look elsewhere if they want to add another goalkeeper to the roster for a variety of reasons.