What did Dino Zoff say about reported Aston Villa target Mattia Perin?

Aston Villa fans celebrate after the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on November 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Premier League big-spenders Aston Villa reportedly want Juventus's Serie A winning goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

The Italian football team who qualified for the 1974 World Cup after beating Switzerland. Back row, left to right: R Benetti, D Spinosi, Gianni Rivera, Dino Zoff, G Morini, Luigi Riva....

Dino Zoff is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.

A six-time Serie A champion with Juventus, a 1982 World Cup winner with Italy and a former Ballon D’Or runner-up, there are few better placed to judge the next generation of shot-stoppers.

And it is telling that Zoff sees Mattia Perin, rather than AC Milan superstar Gianluigi Donnarumma or Napoli’s cat-like Alex Meret, as the future of the Italian national team, not to mention the best goalkeeper in Serie A.

 

“I consider him to be the best Italian in his role and that’s not just at club level, but also for the Nazionale,” Zoff said last year, in quotes reported by CalcioNews24.

“Perin is so popular because he represents (goalkeepers) very well. He is the classic number one with good technique.”

According to Gianluca di Marzio, Aston Villa are hoping to make the £11 million Juventus goalkeeper their latest signing in a busy summer for the Premier League newcomers.

Mattia Perin of Juventus  during the Serie A match between SPAL and Juventus at Stadio Paolo Mazza on April 13, 2019 in Ferrara, Italy.

 

Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici is heading to England for talks and Perin is likely to be central to any discussions. It is no secret that Aston Villa want a new number one and there’s little doubt that the 26-year-old would be a substantial upgrade on the error-prone Lovre Kalinic or Orjan Nyland.

And Perin would arrive with the seal of approval from arguably the greatest goalkeeper to have ever patrolled a penalty area.

A general view of Villa Park home stadium of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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