Everton paid £25 million for Pickford back in 2017 (BBC Sport), and Stoke think that Butland is the equal of the England number one.
Villa now face paying more than they hoped for Dean Smith’s number one goalkeeping target.
The Villans had wanted to land Butland for £20 million, but Everton’s move for Pickford is now complicating things.
Villa are also set to be rivalled by Bournemouth for Butland, meaning there are no guarantees to Butland will be at Villa Park next season.
If Villa can seal a deal for Butland then there is no question that he would be a good addition to their squad.
Jed Steer did an admirable job after being promoted to Villa’s number one, but Butland would be a big upgrade.
And if Villa can now fight off all the complications to land Butland from Stoke it would be a clear show of ambition.
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