Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former England regular Jack Butland, snapping up the goalkeeper on the final day before transfers between Premier League and Championship clubs ceased.
It looks a decent move for the Eagles, with Roy Hodgson a fan of the player from their time working together with England.
The fee involved to make the deal happen has certainly got plenty of fans talking. As reported by The Sun, the initial fee involved for Butland is as low as £500,000, as his contract was due to expire next summer and the stopper has struggled for form in recent months.
That huge reduction in fee must come as a massive relief for Aston Villa, who so nearly pulled the trigger on a mega-money move for the player last summer.
Aston Villa were on the hunt for a new keeper after both Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic had failed to prove the solution to their worries between the sticks.
Butland seemed a perfect recruit, but Stoke City were playing hardball over any transfer. They wanted £25 million for the player, who had been their player of the season in the previous campaign.
As reported by Sky Sports, this saw Villa walk away and, in the end, they signed Tom Heaton from Burnley.
Butland then had a horror start to last season and has lost his place in the starting XI to Adam Davies.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, have one of the Premier League’s most in-form stoppers after Emi Martinez joined the club from Arsenal for less than Stoke wanted for Butland last summer.
A staggering price drop of £24.5 million, suggests Aston Villa made the right decision on Butland.