Aston Villa are reportedly prepared to take a substantial loss on Lovre Kalinic this summer.
According to a report from the Sunday People (21/7; page 54), Aston Villa are willing to accept offers of just £3 million for Lovre Kalinic this summer – despite the fact that that would represent a significant loss on the goalkeeper.
Kalinic has endured an extremely tough spell in England. Villa had seemingly completed a very smart piece of business by getting the Croatia international signed for £7 million ahead of the January transfer window, but his spell as Dean Smith’s first-choice was brief.
His final appearance of the season came in the 2-0 home defeat to West Brom as Jed Steer seized his chance to establish himself as the number one and helped the Villans secure promotion to the Premier League.
And it appears that that defeat in February may not only prove to be his final game of last season, but also his last appearance for Villa altogether with the club reportedly willing to sell this summer.
The Sunday People (21/7; page 54) reports that Villa will listen to offers for the 29-year-old, and the Premier League newbies are prepared to take a £4 million loss on the stopper.
Villa’s ruthless decision
If Smith is going to sign a new goalkeeper this summer, then letting Kalinic go appears to be a sensible move. Steer has already pushed his way ahead of him in the pecking order, and there is little point keeping him on the books if he is going to begin the coming season as third choice.
Given that he cost £7 million, it would not be a surprise if he was on a good contract. And while Villa are now able to enjoy the riches that come from being back at England’s top table, Smith may be keen to offload the goalkeeper to free up some additional funds before the window closes.