Jack Butland is set to undergo his Manchester United medical today ahead of joining on loan from Crystal Palace.
The Athletic report that the 29-year-old is set to become United’s first signing of the January transfer window.
United have moved quickly with this one, from rumours first emerging yesterday to a medical being organised the next day.
It always looked likely that United would dip into the market for a new goalkeeper when Martin Dubravka headed back to Newcastle.
Jack Butland set for Manchester United medical
Butland played against United in pre-season for Crystal Palace and left the pitch with a broken finger, as the The Athletic reported: “When he denied Anthony Martial from close range.”
That injury kept him out of action for months and he has not played a single competitive game all season long on the back of that.
He did get a runout during the World Cup mid-season break, and has been named on the bench for Palace twice this season.
That means he should be fit to take his place in the United squad as soon as his arrival is confirmed, even though he will just be a backup for David de Gea.
Back in 2017, there was a prospect of Butland signing permanently as de Gea‘s successor, during the reign of Jose Mourinho.
It seems likely that the deal will not get done in time for Butland to play a part in United’s FA Cup clash with Everton tomorrow night.
But the EFL Cup quarter-final quarter-final at home to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday looks like a realistic opportunity for a potential debut.
If the medical goes off without a hitch, United should be confirming Butland as their first January signing before long and fans will hope a striker is soon to follow.
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