Transfer News: Manchester United loanee closing in on permanent switch to SPL giants

On-loan Manchester United shot-stopper Jack Butland ‘close’ to Rangers switch

Jack Butland, who is on loan at Manchester United from Crystal Palace, is ‘close’ to signing for Rangers ahead of next summer, according to the Daily Mail (h/t Manchester Evening News).

The English national signed for the Red Devils on a temporary move in the previous transfer window after Martin Dubravka’s untimely departure. However, the 30-year-old is only at the Old Trafford side until the end of the season.

As things stand, the goalkeeper’s current contract with the Eagles is set to expire after June 2023. However, the Selhurst Park side do have the option to extend his stay by a further year.

On-loan Manchester United shot-stopper Jack Butland 'close' to Rangers switch.
Rangers are closing in on a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Jack Butland. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

But the Glasgow-based club are hoping to sign Butland on a free transfer in the coming months. They are getting closer to an agreement over personal terms with the shot-stopper.

The English national made a name for himself at Stoke City. In the summer of 2020, he moved to Palace. However, at the Selhurst Park side, the 30-year-old has struggled for regular minutes.

Rangers have relied on Allan McGregor as their number one over the years. However, the 41-year-old is not getting any younger. As a result, the Scottish club will evidently need to find a replacement for him soon.

On-loan Manchester United shot-stopper Jack Butland 'close' to Rangers switch.
David de Gea is the number one at Manchester United for now. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

As for United, David de Gea has been our first choice in between the sticks for over a decade. However, under Erik ten Hag, the Spaniard’s frailties with the ball at his feet have come to the fore.

But the gaffer only has Tom Heaton and Butland in his ranks as the backups. The 30-year-old has not featured for the Red Devils yet this season.

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While the Old Trafford side could do with some more quality in the goalkeeping department, the Palace loanee is a good option to have as a third choice. But will the shot-stopper want to stay as a bit-part player at the Manchester-based club? Only time will tell.