The 25-year-old Croatian is believed to be in high demand across Europe, but Villa reportedly remain in the discussion for his signature despite their current position at the foot of the Premier League.
While Aston Villa look increasingly likely to be playing Championship football next season, that is not said to have put reported goalkeeping target Lovre Kalinic off a potential move to the Midlands.
Villa manager Remi Garde is claimed to be looking for a replacement for the error-prone Brad Guzan in the current transfer window in order to boost his side’s slim survival hopes and recent reports have linked the Premier League bottom-dwellers with a £3 million move for Kalinic [h/t Mirror].
However, the Hajduk Split keeper is believed to be in high demand across Europe, with the likes of sportitalia.com naming Serie A sides Inter Milan and Lazio as rival suitors, along with Turkish giants Besiktas.
Nevertheless, despite the alleged competition for his signature, Villa could still have a chance of landing the 25-year-old Croatia international in the January transfer window if the latest reports are to be believed.
According to lalaziosiamonoi.it, the claret and blues are prepared to match Hajduk’s €5 million [£3.7 million] asking price for the 6ft 7in custodian and unlike Lazio, whose initial approach was £1.5 million short of his valuation, can also offer him first-team guarantees.
It remains to be seen whether I Biancocelesti will come back with a bigger offer, or if the likes of Inter will join the bidding war, but the two-time capped Croatian is still said to be interested in a move to Villa Park despite the club’s current predicament.
Currently sitting 11 points adrift of safety after 20 games, there is certainly an argument to be made that Garde should be building for a future in the second tier at this stage rather than chasing top-flight survival, but if Kalinic is not concerned about the looming threat of relegation then he could be an intriguing long-term addition to the Frenchman’s squad.