Aston Villa have a fair amount of deadwood they need to clear out this summer. The likes of Carles Gil and Aaron Tshibola appear to have no future at Villa Park and the same too could be said for Pierluigi Gollini.
It seems a long time since Villa signed the then-21-year-old goalkeeper from Hellas Verona but, just two seasons into his four-year deal, seems certain to be on his way out come the end of the season.
Gollini struggled to adapt to the physicality of English football and, when Steve Bruce replaced Roberto di Matteo in October 2016, the youngster quickly lost his place.
That following January, a shot-stopper once tipped to replace Gianluigi Buffon for Juventus and Italy retuned to Serie A in an 18-month loan spell at Atalanta in the hope that he would find first-team football easier to come by.
It is fair to say that plan has not exactly gone to fruition, however. With Albanian international Etrit Berisha firmly established as Gian Piero Gasperini’s number one, Gollini has been restricted to just nine Serie A starts for the club in the last 14 months.
It appears unlikely that Atalanta would want to make his loan move permanent – or that he has much of a chance to stake his claim at Villa Park.
After all, Villa are hoping to make Sam Johnstone’s loan from Manchester United permanent while, according to The Mirror, they have also sent scouts to watch the experienced Feyenoord ‘keeper Brad Jones.
And that is without mentioning Viktor Johanssen and Matija Sarkic, the young duo tipped to be future first-team stars in Villa colours.
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