Wednesday 21 February 2018

Simon Mignolet set for new Liverpool deal as £20m pursuit of Jack Butland appears over

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is set to sign a long-term contract with the Reds within the next two weeks as reported interest in Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland appears over.

The Belgian goalkeeper has failed to convince sections of supporters since his £9m transfer from Sunderland and was culpable at the weekend as the Reds drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion, flapping at a corner which led to the Baggies’ first goal.

Despite his indifferent form, Mignolet is expected to sign a long-term deal within the next fortnight. The 27-year-old has two and a half years remaining on his current deal, worth a reported £60,000-a-week to the shot stopper.

Manager Jurgen Klopp insisted recently that despite criticism of his number one, he was more than happy with the options at his disposal.

"I'm absolutely satisfied with our goalkeeper situation," he said. "I'm sorry to kill your stories about German goalkeepers and different goalkeepers from Stoke or wherever."

"We are not looking for another goalkeeper. We have enough high-quality goalkeepers. I've worked with a lot of goalkeepers in the last few years, and Simon Mignolet is one of the smartest I ever had."

Butland has been in fine form for the Potters and has been continuously linked with a move to Anfield though the club have insisted publicly that they are not interested in selling the England international.

Stoke manager Hughes has refused to put a price tag on Butland but admitted £20m would not be enough when the figure was put to him.

"Do I think that's a fair value? No. We wouldn't place a value on him anyway," he said.

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