According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are leading the race to sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Marvin Dubraka this summer.
Villa are in the market for a new goalkeeper after Lovre Kalinic's struggles since joining in January, and a host of names have been linked.
Dubravka is the latest player linked, and it's believed that Villa are interested in a deal for the Slovakian international, which would cost around £12million.
Now, Newcastle fans would be raging if Dubravka was sold. They've already seen Rafael Benitez, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez go, and selling a consistent performer in Dubravka would be another blow.
However, for Villa it would be a chance to make up for lost time, having allegedly wanted Dubravka many years ago.
The Daily Mail reported back in November that, long before Newcastle signed Dubravka, he had an offer to join Villa – but no move materialised.
Dubravka was just 21 at the time, playing for Zilina in his native Slovakia. His name seemed to fall off the radar, playing for Esbjerg, Slovan Liberec and Sparta Prague before Benitez plucked him from nowhere.
Now 30, Dubravka is a solid, dependable goalkeeper – just what Villa need right now. Back in 2010, he may not have chosen that move to Villa, but they should be hoping to get a deal done this time, with the timing arguably better now than it was then.
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