Report: Aston Villa looking to replace Lovre Kalinic this summer

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa lies on the floor as he reacts at the end of the first half - when he was replaced during half time  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa...

Aston Villa are reportedly willing to loan Lovre Kalinic out this summer and could consider selling the goalkeeper.

Love Kalinic looks on during the UEFA Nations League football match between Spain and Croatia at Martinez Valero Stadium in Elche on September 11, 2018

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (2/6; page 59), Aston Villa are hoping to sign a new goalkeeper this summer with Dean Smith ready to let Lovre Kalinic leave the club.

The Villans are gearing up for their return to the Premier League after winning the Championship play-off final. And while Smith will be hoping to keep the majority of his squad together ahead of their return to the top flight, it appears that he is happy to let one of his signings leave.

 

The Sun on Sunday (2/6; page 59) reports that Villa have their eye on a new stopper, and Kalinic could be allowed to leave on loan or even on a permanent basis after a disappointing spell at Villa Park.

The 29-year-old made just eight appearances following his move to the Championship in January before injury and disappointing form handed Jed Steer the chance to stake his own claim to be Smith's number one.

Dean Smith the head coach

Kalinic had to pick the ball out of his net on 15 occasions in those eight appearances. The blame for Villa's defensive fragility clearly cannot be placed solely inside his six-yard box, but there is no question that they did improve during Steer's stint in between the sticks.

And if they receive a good offer for the Croatia international, then letting him leave is probably not going to be an unpopular decision, while loaning him out could be beneficial if it helps Kalinic get his career back on track and boosts his asking price ahead of a future window. 

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa lies on the floor as he reacts at the end of the first half - when he was replaced during half time  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa...

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