Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that Aston Villa are to make an improved offer for Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin in the coming days, with Juve said to want a fee of £13.5million.
Perin, 26, almost joined Benfica earlier this summer for the right-figure fee (Goal). However, a shoulder injury has kept the Italian goalkeeper sidelined and is expected to do so for multiple months. It saw Porto pull out of a deal.
Villa, though, do not seem to mind. They are willing to spend the eight-figure fee on Perin and wait for the two-time Italy international to recover before he makes his debut for the newly-promoted Premier League side.
Villa have been on the lookout for a goalkeeper all summer, but have seemingly missed out on Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s Tom Heaton. Perin seems the most likely option at the moment.
It has now been reported that Villa are making an improved offer for Perin, as talks continue between Juve and Villa.
TBR’s view – Perin a bargain at £13.5million for Villa
Though playing second-fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny at the Old Lady, it would be foolish to think that Perin was not on a level par with the former Arsenal goalkeeper.
Indeed, Perin has deserved his Italy caps, conceding just 184 goals in 151 matches during his time at Genoa – in which he became the club’s captain.
For such a fee, Perin is a bargain and even if he is injured, he could go on to become a crucial player in the future.