Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin was reportedly a transfer target for Aston Villa during the summer transfer window, as per Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia.
And now, Il Bianconero report that Juve are desperate to offload the 26-year-old stopper this January and hope that Villa rekindle their summer interest.
The report says that Perin is now very much on the market but with Benfica out of the picture, they are hoping that a suitor comes forward between now and the end of the winter window.
In the meantime, Villa signed Tom Heaton from Burnley, and have play-off semi-final hero Jed Steer in reserve – so do they need Perin?
TBR’s View – The simple answer is that Villa no longer need Perin
Villa’s broad transfer strategy is to go for young, hungry players but they broke that to sign experienced campaigner Heaton to the club last summer.
His leadership and knowledge of the Premier League could well be invaluable for Villa in a position where they have struggled to find someone reliable. Lovre Kalinic’s continued presence at the club is testament to that.
Steer may find himself a little hard done by to have been shunted back down to the bench after the way he closed out last season, and remains an able deputy.
That’s to the extent that there’s no need to come to Juve’s aid and swoop for Perin mid-season, barring some form of goalkeeping injury crisis between now and the window.