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Arsenal are ready to hijack Liverpool’s attempts to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in a deal worth around £40m this summer, according to a report in the Mirror.

Butland made his name at Birmingham City having progressed through their youth ranks and has developed in to one of the best young keepers in Europe since joining Stoke in January 2013.

The 24-year-old is now a firm fixture in Mark Hughes’ starting eleven while he’s also established himself as a regular in the England national team ahead of the World Cup finals in Russia.

Butland has been a long-term target for Liverpool and it looks like Jurgen Klopp has stepped up his efforts to sign the 6ft 5″ stopper as he tries to bring in a new reliable number one.

Simon Mignolet has once again lost the first team shirt at Anfield but Loris Karius has also failed to convince between the sticks so Liverpool desperately need a top class keeper in the summer if they’re to be genuine title contenders.

Liverpool have been linked with a number of goalkeepers in recent weeks but the Mirror claims the Merseysiders are already making efforts to sign Butland in a deal worth up to £40m this summer.

However, Liverpool will now face stiff competition as the newspaper is citing a report from The Sunthat says Arsenal have now joined the race to sign Butland at the end of the season.

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