Aston Villa reportedly want Dubravka, years after making him an offer

Newcastle United Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka stands in goal during the Newcastle United Training session at Nanjing Olympic Sports Center on July 15, 2019 in Nanjing, China.

Aston Villa are reportedly keen on Newcastle United's Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle United Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka stands in goal during the Newcastle United Training session at Nanjing Olympic Sports Center on July 15, 2019 in Nanjing, China.

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.

Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United celebrates during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park on May 4, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United...

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.

Martin Dubravka of Slovakia during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group E qualifying match between Wales and Slovakia at Cardiff City Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Cardiff, United...

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