Report: Aston Villa deal for Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is virtually complete

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Villa are in the market for a new goalkeeper, and it appears as though Gollini is their man.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

Now that new manager Roberto Di Matteo is settled into life at Villa Park, Aston Villa are stepping up their transfer activity and are "one step away" from completing their second signing of the summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

Villa are widely thought to be in the market for a new goalkeeper, and it appears as though Hellas Verona stopper Pierluigi Gollini is the man they have chosen.

The 21-year-old former Manchester United academy star was relegated from Serie A with the Italian side last season but was one of the club's most impressive performers behind a poor defence after breaking through as first choice midway through the campaign.

Juventus' Simone Zaza scores the team's third goal past Hellas Verona's goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini

Villa have been reportedly closing in on a deal for a while now, but the most recent speculation was that the player himself was unconvinced by a move to the Championship.

However, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, the deal is now just "one step away" from being completed after the player agreed the major personal terms.

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The Italian outlet claims that Villa will pay a €5 million (£4.25 million) fee to Verona, and that the player will sign a four-year deal at Villa Park, with just the last contractual details to be sorted out.

For Villa, it will be a big boost to bring in a young and highly-rated goalkeeper to challenge Brad Guzan for the number one spot, particularly after the American's inconsistent form and high-profile errors last term.

Everton were thought to be interested in Gollini's signature back in May, but it appears as though Villa have got the deal all but tied up.

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