Aston Villa are already considering selling their January signing Lovre Kalinic according to the Birmingham Mail.
The goalkeeper was only recruited six months ago but Villa are looking to ‘cut their losses’ as they prepare for life in the Premier League.
It is no secret of their desire to sign Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland and if they able to arrange a deal for him it may see the end of Kalinic’s short career in the Midlands.
Initially Kalinic was signed to be their number one goalkeeper but the move hasn’t really worked out. He made a shaky start to his time at Villa Park before getting injured and Jed Steer replaced him as Smith’s number one as a result.
The only stumbling block that the Premier League new boys could face is that their other goalkeeper Orjan Nyland is currently out injured and boss Dean Smith does not want to leave his side short of options for the season ahead.
Depending on the length of time out that Nyland faces with his injury could decide on whether they allow Kalinic to leave this summer.
Aston Villa are keen to write off this transfer as a move which just hasn’t materialised for either party and if they can capture the signing of Butland this will undoubtedly provide them with a huge upgrade in goal for next season.
With Bournemouth still interested in the Stoke goalkeeper, Butland’s next destination is no closer to being known and there will be plenty of twists and turns in this transfer.
The Villa boss has made it his priority to get in as many players as he can including the permanent signing of Tyrone Mings before the rest of the squad return for pre-season training.