Aston Villa are reportedly ready to make an ambitious move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland. As reported by Birmingham Mail, the newly promoted side are ready to swoop for the England international this summer.
Aston Villa’s last two goalkeeper recruits, Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic, have both failed to convince at Villa Park. Jed Steer ended up the season as number one.
A move for Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge appears to have fallen apart and now Butland appears to be on their radar.
It would, however, have to be an expensive deal.
As reported by The Sun, Stoke want £23 million for their talented stopper. Such a fee would seem out of Aston Villa’s reach, but they will need to be near to £20 million to have Stoke considering a sale.
The higher the price the better for Aston Villa’s bitter local rivals Birmingham City.
As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Butland’s former club have a 20% sell-on clause they are looking forward to regarding Butland.
Butland left St Andrews for Stoke in 2013 in a deal reported by the BBC to be in the region of £3.5 million. Birmingham will rake in 20% of any profit Stoke make on the player. So say, for example, he does join Aston Villa for £23 million. That would see Birmingham City cash in £3.9 million on Stoke’s £19.5 million profit made on Butland.
But if it saw Aston Villa solve their long-standing goalkeeper issues, most fans would be happy to have Butland at the club.