JACK BUTLAND has agreed to a compromise that could see his move to Rangers through – despite interest from Manchester United.
The former England international was thought to be on his way to join Ibrox, but we revealed earlier this week that the Premier League giants were willing to DOUBLE the goalkeeper’s salary as part of their own bid to take him on oblige.
Butland, 30, was on loan at Old Trafford this year, backing up No.1 David de Gea.
His contract with parent club Crystal Palace expires at the end of this season and we told you last month that Rangers were close to signing him on a free transfer.
However, United’s interest left the move in doubt as the Red Devils offered a more lucrative financial package.
The Ibrox club were ready to take over what Butland was currently playing at the Palace and according to the Daily mail onlinethe promise of more first-team football in Glasgow than in Manchester seems to have persuaded Butland to lower his wage demands.
It is said the goalkeeper has “showed a willingness” to fit into Ibrox’s salary structure, after Gers started looking for alternatives should the Butland deal fall through.
However, there is a catch.
There is a clause in Butland’s current Crystal Palace contract which means the Eagles still have the option to extend the goalkeeper’s contract for a further year should they so wish.
We’ve included Butland in our potential Rangers XI for next season under Beale, along with other reported targets such as West Brom’s Karlan Grant, Arsenal defender Auston Trusty and Aris winger Luis Palma.
Rangers are understood to have Norwich midfielder Kieran Dowell as one of their next signings, while Ecuadorian star Jose Cifuentes has been confirmed by Beale to be on his wanted list.
That’s because Cifuentes’ deal with LAFC runs until December, meaning Rangers would have to pay a transfer fee to sign him now or loan him out to sign him permanently in the January transfer window.
Beale explained: “(The deal) isn’t that close, if I’m being honest. He’s obviously a good player but his contract runs until December.”
“If you look at the length, it’s not nearly that long. December seems far away.”
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