Report: Aston Villa facing complications over Jack Butland, partly caused by Everton transfer

Jack Butland of England during the International Friendly match between England and Switzerland at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Aston Villa are keen to snap up Jack Butland, but Everton's move for Jordan Pickford back in 2017 is complicating things.

Jack Butland makes a save during an England training session on the eve of their international friendly against the Netherlands at St Georges Park on March 22, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

According to the Telegraph, Aston Villa face paying £25 million for Jack Butland, as Stoke City are using Everton’s move to Jordan Pickford as a guideline in any transfer.

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.

Jack Butland of England during the International Friendly match between England and Switzerland at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

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.

A dejected looking Jack Butland of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England.

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