Blues ready to bid for wonderkid.
Chelsea are ready to challenge Arsenal for the signature of Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, reports the Daily Mirror.
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The Blues are considering making a cut-price deadline day bid for the 19-year-old, with the financially stricken Blues desperate to offload the England international before the end of the January.
Chelsea already have Petr Cech and brilliant reserve young reserve Thibaut Courtois, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, but reportedly consider £3m-rated Butland a good long term investment.
fanatix understands that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains interested in Butland, as the Frenchman continues to build a squad based on young, British talent.
Southampton are the only Premier League outfit to have bid for the Team GB goalkeeper thus far, while Merseyside duo Liverpool and Everton remain in the hunt.
Saints have since changed manager and Chelsea now look the only club willing to commit to a deal and the West Londoners could loan the youngster back to Birmingham immediately.
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